Personal travel statistics for residents of Great Britain during 2011 from the National Travel Survey.

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National Travel Survey 2011

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National Travel Survey 2011 - notes and definitions

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NTS main sample numbers: 1995 to 2011

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Index sheet of all the NTS statistical tables

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National Travel Survey 2011 - Technical Report

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NTS pre-release list - 2011

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National Travel Survey 2011 - PDF, XLS and CSV files

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Detail

Please note that following the release of National Travel Survey 2012, the following publication may contain information that subsequently has been revised.

The National Travel Survey presents information on personal travel in Great Britain during 2011. It contains the latest results and trends on how and why people travel with breakdowns by age, gender and income. It also contains trends in driving licence holding; school travel; and concessionary travel.

On 13 December 2012, 2011 NTS results were published in 45 tables. The remaining tables contain data up to 2010 only. The 2012 NTS results will be published in July 2013 and will contain an update of all tables with both 2011 and 2012 data.

Main results

In 2011:

  • residents of Great Britain made an average of 958 trips per person and travelled 6,826 miles.
  • the average trip length was 7.1 miles
  • by purpose, most of the decline in overall trips rates between 1995 and 2011 can be accounted for by a fall in shopping and visiting friends
  • trips by car (as a driver or passenger) accounted for 64% of all trips made and 79% of distance travelled
  • on average, females make more trips than males, but males travel much further each year
  • 79% of males and 65% of females had a full driving licence
  • concessionary travel pass take-up was 79% of those eligible (82% of females and 76% of males)

Between 1995 and 2011, overall trips rates fell by 12%. Trips by private modes of transport fell by 13% while public transport modes increased by 3%. Walking trips saw the largest decrease.

Since 1995, the average number of car driver trips by men has fallen by 18% and average distance travelled fell by 16%, while car driver trips and distance travelled by women increased by 11% and 23% respectively. Men still drive nearly twice as many miles per year than women.

Further information including the technical report, standard error estimates for 2009 and the UKSA assessment can be found at the National Travel Survey page.

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