National Travel Survey statistics

National Travel Survey statistics information.

The National Travel Survey (NTS) is a household survey designed to monitor long-term trends in personal travel and to inform the development of policy including a DfT business plan indicator. It is the primary source of data on personal travel patterns by residents of England within Great Britain.

The survey collects information on how, why, when and where people travel as well as factors affecting travel (e.g. car availability and driving licence holding). The NTS table index lists all the data tables available.

The first NTS was carried out in 1965, and it has been running continuously since 1988. To mark the 50th anniversary of the survey, we have produced a factsheet and there will be a seminar at the Department for Transport on 23 September 2015.

We have also published several new factsheets showing the latest statistics on personal travel.

We welcome user feedback on the NTS including potential changes via our feedback form

NTS factsheets

The following factsheets based on NTS data, have been published since 2010. Older factsheets are available on request.

Technical information

NTS data collection consists of a face-to-face interview and a 7 day self-completed written travel diary, allowing travel patterns to be linked with individual characteristics. The NTS covers travel by people in all age groups, including children.

In 2013, the survey coverage changed from sampling residents of all Great Britain to residents of England only. Approximately 16,000 individuals, in 7,000 households in England, participate in the NTS each year.

Further information is available below. NTS technical reports for earlier years are available on request

NTS developments

The Department for Transport is seeking views on options for changing and improving the collection of short walks data for the National Travel Survey following consultation in 2014. An update will be published by the end of 2015 with details of how walk data will be collected in the 2016 NTS in order to address the under reporting of walks under 1 mile.

DfT ran a public consultation, on the future design of the National Travel Survey in 2011. 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 is available.

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.

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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.

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Publications released during 2015

  1. National Travel Survey: 2014

    • Statistics - national statistics

Publications released during 2014

  1. National Travel Survey: 2013

    • Statistics - national statistics

Publications released during 2013

  1. National Travel Survey: 2012

    • Statistics - national statistics

Publications released during 2012

  1. National Travel Survey: 2011

    • Statistics - national statistics

Publications released during 2011

  1. National Travel Survey: 2010

    • Statistics - national statistics

Data tables associated with this series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Statistical data set
  8. Accessibility (NTS08)

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

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

    • Statistical data set