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National Travel Survey statistics

This series brings together all documents relating to National Travel Survey statistics

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The National Travel Survey (NTS) is the primary source of data on personal travel patterns in Great Britain. The NTS is an established household survey which has been running continuously since 1988. It is designed to monitor long-term trends in personal travel and to inform the development of policy.

The survey collects information on how, why, when and where people travel as well as factors which affect personal travel such as car availability, driving licence holding and access to key services.

Since 2002, the Department for Transport (DfT) has commissioned the National Centre for Social Research to conduct the survey fieldwork. Data collection consists of a face-to-face interview and a one week self-completed written travel diary. Approximately 20,000 individuals, in 8,000 households, participate in the NTS each year.

NTS data collection forms

Business Plan Indicator - proportion of urban trips under 5 miles

Technical information

NTS data is collected via two main sources: face-to-face interviews with people in their homes and a seven-day travel diary, allowing travel patterns to be linked with individual characteristics. The NTS covers travel by people in all age groups, including children.

NTS technical reports for earlier years are available on request from the contact points below.

Index sheet of all the NTS statistical tables
National Travel Survey 2012 - technical report
National Travel Survey 2012 - notes and definitions
National Travel Survey - standard errors

External websites

NTS research datasets available from the Economic and Social Data Service

Future developments

The DfT ran a public consultation, on the future design of the National Travel Survey from June to September 2011. The consultation sought users’ views on the design of the NTS from 2013 onwards. The consultation document put forward a number of proposals to develop the NTS while reducing data collection costs.

A report containing a summary of responses to the consultation and details of the decisions the Department have made regarding the design of the survey from 2013 was published on 19 January 2012.

Future developments of NTS

A number of other NTS research and methodology reports have been published previously. Further information and copies of older publications are available from the contact point below.

Factsheets

The following factsheets based on NTS data, have been published since 2010. Older factsheets are available on request from the contact point below.

National statistics

Statistics from the National Travel Survey were assessed during 2010 by the UK Statistics Authority. An assessment report was published in October 2010. The statistics were confirmed as National Statistics in July 2011.

Assessment report
Letter of confirmation

Pre-release access list

The post holders given access to these statistics up to 24 hours prior to release are available in the pre-release access list.

Pre-release access list for National Travel Survey

Contact us

National travel survey statistics enquiries

Publications released during 2013

  1. National Travel Survey: 2012

    • 30 July 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics

Publications released during 2012

  1. National Travel Survey: 2011

    • 13 December 2012
    • Statistics - national statistics

Publications released during 2011

  1. National Travel Survey 2010

    • 28 July 2011
    • Statistics - national statistics

Data tables associated with this series

  1. Average number of trips made and distance travelled (NTS01)

    • 30 July 2013
    • Statistical data set
  2. Driving licence holding and vehicle availability (NTS02)

    • 30 July 2013
    • Statistical data set
  3. How people travel (mode) (NTS03)

    • 30 July 2013
    • Statistical data set
  4. Why people travel (trip purpose) (NTS04)

    • 30 July 2013
    • Statistical data set
  5. When people travel (NTS05)

    • 30 July 2013
    • Statistical data set
  6. Travel by age and gender (NTS06)

    • 30 July 2013
    • Statistical data set
  7. Travel by car availability, income, ethnic group, household type and NS-SEC (NTS07)

    • 30 July 2013
    • Statistical data set
  8. Accessibility (NTS08)

    • 30 July 2013
    • Statistical data set
  9. Vehicle mileage and occupancy (NTS09)

    • 30 July 2013
    • Statistical data set
  10. Travel by region and area type of residence (NTS99)

    • 30 July 2013
    • Statistical data set

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