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Transport Statistics Great Britain 2003 is published today. It brings ...
Transport Statistics Great Britain 2003 is published today. It brings

together a range of statistics relating to transport in a single

volume. Key figures presented in the report include:

General and Cross Modal

- Seven hundred and forty six billion passenger kilometres were

travelled in 2002, an increase of 10 % since 1992;

- The modal share of total travel accounted for by the various modes

has changed little in recent years. Cars (including vans and taxis)

dominate, accounting for 85% of all passenger travel in 2002. Rail,

and buses and coaches, both had a 6% share;

Energy and Environment

- In 2001, transport accounted for 27 % of all carbon dioxide

emissions in the UK (by end user category), compared with 24 % in


- Transport consumed 55 million tonnes of oil equivalent in 2002

compared with 49 million in 1992. This represented 35 % of total UK

energy use;

- Vehicles, Drivers and Roads

- The number of vehicles taxed for use on Britain's roads reached

30.6 million by the end of 2002, compared with 24.6 million in

1992. Nearly 26 million of these vehicles were motorcars;

- Census results show that the percentage of households without

access to a car in Great Britain fell to 27 % in 2001 from 33 % in



- Road freight accounts for four-fifths of goods lifted (tonnes) and

two-thirds of goods moved (tonne-kilometres);

- 157 billion tonne-kilometres of goods were moved by road in 2002, a

24 % increase since 1992;

- 2.1 million tonnes of cargo were handled at UK airports in 2002,

an increase of 80 % since 1992;

- Between 1992 and 2002, the number of powered vehicles travelling to

mainland Europe on roll-on/roll-off ferry services or through the

Channel Tunnel, more than doubled. In 2002, 72 % of these vehicles

were non-UK registered, compared with 51 % in 1992;

- Road Traffic, Accide nts and Motor Vehicle Offences

- Road traffic continues to grow, to 490 billion vehicle kilometres

in 2002. Motorways in Great Britain (accounting for less than one

per cent of total road length) carried nearly a fifth of total

traffic and just over two fifths of goods vehicle traffic. More

than half of articulated goods vehicles traffic was on motorways;

- In uncongested conditions, nearly one in five car drivers on

motorways exceeded the speed limit by more than 10 miles per hour

in 2002; the corresponding figure for non built-up dual carriageway

A roads was one in seven;

- The number of road users killed or seriously injured in 2002

decreased again, to a level 26 % below that in 1992;

- Public Transport

- Passenger kilometres on national railways increased by 25 %, from

31.7 billion in 1992/93 to 39.7 billion in 2002/03 ;

- There were 4.3 billion passenger journeys on local bus services in

2001/02, the most recent year for which complete survey data are

available, compared with 4.7 billion in 1991/92; Air Transport

- In 2002 the number of air transport movementsin the UK was 44%

above the level in 1992. In the same period passenger numbers and

the tonnage of air cargo handled, increased by 77% and 80%



1. Most of the statistics in Transport Statistics Great Britain are

National Statistics. However, some of the figures included are not

National Statistics, for example, figures on rail, provided by a

number of operators, and figures on aviation provided by the Civil

Aviation Authority.

2. Transport Statistics Great Britain (ISBN 011 5524290) is available

from the TSO, priced £29.

3. Transport Statistics Great Britain is also available free from the

Department's website

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