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National Travel Survey 2010, 28/07/11 [E/S/W]

The Department of Transport has published the results of the national travel survey which looks at personal travel in Great Britain during 2010.

It contains the latest results and trends on how, why, when and where people travel as well as factors which affect personal travel. The results include information on school travel and children’s independence.

The survey found that children (aged 16 and under) made 56% of their trips as car passengers, with most of the rest on foot. There was little difference in the proportion of usage of different modes by boys and girls, except that bicycle use by boys was almost treble that of girls.

In 2010, 47% of trips to and from school by primary school children (aged 5-10) were made on foot. This was lower than in 1995/97 when 53% of trips were made on foot. The proportion of trips by car for these children increased slightly from 38% to 43% during the same period. Among secondary school children (aged 11-16) in 2010, 36% of school trips were on foot and 24% were by car, compared with 42% and 20% respectively in 1995/97. For secondary school children, the proportion of trips by bus (including school bus/coaches) was 34% in 2010 and 2% were by bicycle.

For trips to school under 1 mile in length, walking was the most prevalent mode of travel for both primary and secondary school children, accounting for 82% and 90% of trips respectively. For longer school trips, the most popular mode for primary school children is by car, with 75% of 2 to 5 mile trips, and 67% of trips over 5 miles made by this mode. For secondary school pupils 50% of all trips of 2 to 5 miles in length, and 63% of trips over 5 miles are made by bus.

For full details see National Travel Survey 2010 which is available from the Department of Transport website.

Further Information

National Travel Survey 2010