Official Statistics

Daily domestic transport use by mode

Daily usage of selected domestic transport by mode for Great Britain

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The National Rail (including Elizabeth Line) timeseries was temporarily withdrawn from the published data tables in the November 2023 and December 2023 releases, due to a data quality issue. The timeseries was reinstated in the January 2024 release, using a new methodology, which mitigates the effects of this issue. 

The ‘National Rail Excluding Elizabeth Line’ time series, not affected by this issue nor by the methodology change.  

More information about this issue can be found in the methodology note above.

These statistics on transport use are published monthly.

For each day, the Department for Transport (DfT) produces statistics on domestic transport:

  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)

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

From September 2023, these statistics include a second rail usage time series which excludes Elizabeth Line service (and other relevant services that have been replaced by the Elizabeth line) from both the travel week and its equivalent baseline week in 2019. This allows for a more meaningful like-for-like comparison of rail demand across the period because the effects of the Elizabeth Line on rail demand are removed. More information can be found in the methodology document.

The table below provides the reference of regular statistics collections published by DfT on these topics, with their last and upcoming publication dates.

Mode Publication and link Latest period covered and next publication
Road traffic Road traffic statistics Full annual data up to December 2022 was published in July 2023.

Quarterly data up to June 2023 was published September 2023.
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 latest quarterly rail usage statistics, covering January to March 2023, was published in June 2023

DfT’s most recent annual passenger numbers and crowding statistics for 2022 were published in July 2023.
Bus usage Bus statistics The most recent annual publication covered the year ending March 2022.

The most recent quarterly publication covered January to March 2023.
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 2022 calendar year published August 2023.
Cross Modal and journey by purpose National Travel Survey 2022 calendar year data published in August 2023.
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