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Geographical coverage: England
Information broken down by: local authorities, urban and rural areas, and regions
The index accessibility score for England in 2013 was 106.
||Index score (2010 = 100)
The 2013 score is up from 100 in 2011. This suggests that there has been an increase in accessibility to key services. This increase in accessibility could be as a result of an increase in the frequency of public transport services or the number of routes, an increase in number of locations of key services or improvements to service destinations datasets. It is likely that the latter two factors will have had the greatest effect on accessibility, as public transport services have decreased over this period.
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 to 2010 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 attributable entirely to local transport interventions. From 2011 onwards, changes have been made to the way public transport and walking times are calculated, and this is likely to give more weight to walking only journeys. 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.
This indicator is normally updated annually, but due to changes in the data sources used for the underlying accessibility statistics data sets, data for 2012 are not currently available. Future release dates for this indicator are subject to the outcome of a wider review of the accessibility statistics.
Publishing schedule: Annually
Last updated: 6 November 2014
Next update: 2015
The links below provide additional evidence and background data to help users to interpret the indicator.
Accessibility statistics travel time destination and origin indicators
Accessibility statistics home page
Congestion and reliability statistics
Bus punctuality statistics