Title: National Travel Survey 2018 (England)

Organisation: Department for Transport
Date uploaded: 13th August 2019
Date published/launched: July 2019

This annual Government survey shows no real change in the modes of transport people are using although the number of trips made by foot rose by 1% for the second consecutive year.

The annual National Travel Survey is a household survey carried out by the DfT to monitor long-term trends in personal travel and to inform the development of policy.

The survey collects information on how, why, when and where people travel as well as factors affecting travel such as car availability and driving licences.

The 2018 survey, published on 31 July 2019, shows 27% of journeys were made by foot in 2018 compared to 26% in 2017 and 25% in 2016.

Continuing with active travel, the percentage of cycling trips remained at 2% for the third consecutive year.

However, the car continues to dominate, with 61% of journeys made as either a driver or passenger the same level as 2017.

In terms of distance travelled, cars accounted for 77% followed by train (9%) and bus (4%). Walking accounted for 4%, and cycling 1%.

Overall, the average number of trips made per person in 2018 was 968 the highest since 2009.

75% of people (aged 17 years and above) held a driving licence in 2018 equating to 33.6 million.

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