DATA TRENDS

A number of patterns and trends can be discerned concerning urban structure and travel using the available aggregate datasets in Great Britain. There are limitations in what can be done based on existing datasets – the National Travel Survey, for example, can usually only be analysed at the regional level or higher, for sample size reasons. More details are found in the background technical report.

There has been huge growth in aggregate passenger distance over time (1952-2007) – the ‘mobility explosion’, with a dominance of the private car in mode share terms. Much of this growth has been on inter-urban roads.

Growth in passenger travel distance

Growth in passenger travel distance

(Transport Statistics Great Britain, 2008)

Population Density and Annual Average Distance Travelled

Population density and distance travelled

Population density and distance travelled

(NTS, 2002-06)

Settlement Size/Area Type and Annual Average Distance Travelled

Settlement size and distance travelled

Settlement size and distance travelled

(NTS, 2002-06)

Public Transport Accessibility and Annual Average Distance Travelled

Public transport accessibility and distance travelled

Public transport accessibility and distance travelled

(DfT National Core Accessibility Indicators, 2004; NTS, 2002-06)

The Office for National Statistics and Department for Transport also provide useful sources for travel data.

Summary Guide Summary Guide Background Technical Report Background Technical Report Sherford, Plymouth

Northstowe, South Cambridgeshire

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