Accessibility statistics provide a local-level measure of the availability of transport to key services (covering food stores, education, health care, town centres and employment centres) for the populations who use them. They are published for England at national, regional, Local Authority and Lower Super Output Area level.
PLEASE NOTE - This release is a partial update of the accessibility statistics to 2012, covering only the cycle and car transport modes. The public transport/walking mode has not been updated for 2012 with this release, for technical reasons explained in the release. Users requiring public transport/walking accessibility statistics are advised to refer to the 2011 results in the data tables, and to the 2011 statistical release for a summary of these results.
The accessibility statistics are currently being reviewed and we would be very grateful for feedback from users via this survey on whether these statistics are still needed, and if so, whether they meet user needs or could be improved. This information will be used to help plan future transport statistics, making the best use of the resources available. If you do not respond, we will not be able to take your views into account.
Main results for 2012
- The average minimum travel time to seven key services was 9 minutes by cycling and 6 minutes by car. These times were little changed from 2011. (The equivalent figure for public transport/walking in 2011 was 14 minutes).
- Hospitals had the longest average minimum travel times of the seven key services, with average minimum travel times of 19 minutes by cycling and 9 minutes by driving. Primary schools and food stores were the most accessible services.
- Users in urban areas could access key services by cycling, on average, in 7 minutes compared with 17 minutes in rural areas.