DfT business plan input indicator
Geographical coverage: England
Information broken down by: local authorities, urban and rural areas, and regions
- The index accessibility score for England in 2011 was 97
|Most recent data
||Index score (2010 = 100)
The complete set of data is available at:
The 2011 score is slightly down from 100 in 2010. This suggests that there has been a decrease in accessibility to key services. The decrease in accessibility could be as a result of a decrease in the frequency of public transport services or the number of routes; closures or relocation of key service locations; or improvements to service destinations dataset. Although the number of bus service trips in England decreased between 2010 and 2011, it is likely that the latter two factors will have had the greatest affect on accessibility.
This indicator incorporates information on car availability alongside walking, cycling, and public transport options to give an overall measure of how the department’s policies encourage economic growth and reduce social exclusion.
If the accessibility of the services included in the indicator to the population improves, then the value of the index will increase. If accessibility decreases, the index will decrease.
Data from 2007 onwards have been compiled using consistent methods. However, there have been improvements in data quality and coverage during these years, so changes in reported accessibility may not be entirely attributable to local transport interventions. Further details are available in section 3 of the guidance notes in the related information section below. Only registered public transport services are included in the accessibility calculations. This means demand responsive transport, other flexibly routed services, and school transport services are usually not included. Therefore, especially in rural areas, accessibility indicators are likely to be an underestimate of actual accessibility.
- publishing schedule: annually
- last updated: 18 October 2012
- next update: July 2013
The links below and to ACS0401-ACS0408 documents provide additional evidence and background data to help users to interpret the indicator.