With little fanfare, yesterday the DfT published the results of the latest National Travel Survey, an annual snapshot of the travelling week of some 20,000 British residents. Here are some of the headline figures:
- In 2011, residents of Great Britain made an average of 958 trips per person and travelled 6,826 miles. The average trip length was 7.1 miles.
- Between 1995/97 and 2011, overall trips rates fell by 12%. Trips by private modes of transport fell by 13% while public transport modes increased by 3%. Walking trips saw the largest decrease.
- By purpose, most of the decline in overall trips rates between 1995/97 and 2011 can be accounted for by a fall in shopping and visiting friends.
- Trips by car (as a driver or passenger) accounted for 64% of all trips made and 79% of distance travelled in 2011.
- On average, females make more trips than males, but males travel much further each year.
- In 2011, 79% of males and 65% of females had a full driving licence.
- Since 1995/97, the average number of car driver trips by men has fallen by 18% and average distance travelled fell by 16%, while car driver trips and distance travelled by women increased by 11% and 23% respectively. Men still drive nearly twice as many miles per year than women.
- Concessionary travel pass take-up in 2011 was 79% of those eligible (82% of females and 76% of males).
The figures seem to back up the trends identified in our On the Move report published last week, namely that women are travelling more by car and men less.