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By GreaterSport | 13 March 2018 | TAGS:

The National Travel Survey (NTS) is a household survey of personal travel by residents of England travelling within Great Britain, from data collected via interviews and a one-week travel diary.

The latest NTS (January 2018) includes:

  • analyses of travel trends going back to 1972
  • differences in travel between different types of locations
  • an analysis of trips that use more than one mode
  • a more detailed look at the satisfaction questions from the 2016 NTS

Key findings: 

  • There have been substantial changes in travel behaviour since 1975. The total number of trips per person per year increased from 1975 until 1990 and has been falling since 1995.
  • In 2011-2014, distance travelled per head was 80% more in the smallest settlements and rural areas than in the Greater London Built-up Area and car driver travel per person three times more.
  • Although a relatively small proportion of trips use more than one mode, the proportion and type of modes used in multi-mode trips vary for London, urban and rural areas, and by the purpose of the trip.
  • For trips shorter than 1 mile, around 75% to 80% are made on foot, but over that period there has been a reduction of 5 percentage points in the share of trips on foot and a similar increase in the share of trips by motorised private transport.
  • At least 75% of trips shorter than 1 mile are made on foot; the reduction in walking is limited to trips shorter than 1 mile; the reduction is because of an overall reduction in trips under 1 mile, and would not seem to be due to short trips switching from walk to car; and that 82% of the reduction in trips shorter than 1 mile is due to reductions in the numbers of short trips for shopping, personal business and visiting friends at home.
  • Of all trips by a single mode and multimode - 75% were by car/van, 8.4% walking, 7.1% bus, 3.3% multi-mode, 2.1% Bicycle, 1.3% Taxi, 1.2% Other.

In general, levels of satisfaction with the Strategic Road Network (SRN), local roads, rail, and buses were quite similar. However, satisfaction is lower for cycling provision (27%) and higher for walking provision (73%).

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