Official Statistics

Transport use during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

To monitor the use of the transport system during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. DfT provides statistics on transport use by mode.

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Transport use by mode: Great Britain, since 1 March 2020

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Details

These statistics on transport use are published weekly.

For each day, the Department for Transport produces statistics on:

  1. road traffic in Great Britain
  2. rail passenger journeys in Great Britain
  3. Transport for London (TfL) tube and bus routes
  4. bus travel in Great Britain (excluding London)
  5. cycling in England

The full time series for these statistics, starting 1 March 2020, is usually published here every Wednesday at 9.30am.

The associated methodology note sets out information on the data sources and methodology used to generate these headline measures.

For the charts previously published alongside daily coronavirus press conferences, please see the slides and datasets to accompany coronavirus press conferences.

Mode Publication and link Latest period covered and next publication
Road traffic Road traffic statistics Quarterly data up to September 2020 was published December 2020.

Full annual data up to December 2020 will be published on 28 April 2021.

Statistics for the first quarter of 2021 are expected in June 2021.
Rail usage The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) publishes a range of statistics including passenger and freight rail performance and usage. Statistics are available at the ORR website



Statistics for rail passenger numbers and crowding on weekdays in major cities in England and Wales are published by DfT
ORR’s quarterly rail usage statistics for 2020 to 2021 were published on 11 March 2021.

Quarterly data up to March 2021 and annual data for 2020 to 2021 will be published on 3 June 2021.

DfT’s most recent annual passenger numbers and crowding statistics for 2019 were published on 24 September 2020. Statistics for 2020 will be released in summer 2021.
Bus usage Bus statistics The most recent annual publication covered the year ending March 2020.

The data for the year ending March 2021 is due to be published in October 2021.

The most recent quarterly publication covered October to December 2020. The data for January to March 2021 is due to be published in June 2021.
TFL tube and bus usage Data on buses is covered by the section above. Station level business data is available.  
Cycling usage Walking and cycling statistics, England 2019 calendar year

2020 calendar year data is due to be published in August 2021
Cross Modal and journey by purpose National Travel Survey 2019 calendar year

2020 calendar year data is due to be published in August 2021
Published 3 June 2020
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