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Scottish Transport Statistics 2012

Transport Scotland’s Statisticians today published Scottish Transport Statistics 2012.

This compendium publication provides a comprehensive statistical picture of transport activity in Scotland, bringing together a wide range of transport related statistics published throughout the year by a number of organisations including Transport Scotland and the Department for Transport.

Topics covered include road transport and the road network, rail, air and water transport, finance and international comparisons.  Some new data is presented in the Road Network and Road Traffic chapters and more detail behind headline figures provided earlier in the year is included in the Rail, Air and Water Transport chapters.

The publication can be accessed online by clicking here or alternatively you can download the full report below:

Scottish Transport Statistics 2012

  • Main Findings
  • Despite traffic levels falling in recent years, roads remain important
  • Car traffic and all road traffic remained stable between 2010 and 2011 (a fall of 0.2%), 3% below 2007 levels.
  • Scotland has more road per head than GB (10.6km per thousand people compared to 6.4km per thousand in GB) but fewer vehicles (Scotland has 51 vehicles per 100 people compared to 56 in GB).
  • Around two thirds of journeys are made by car or van.
  • Two thirds of freight lifted in Scotland is carried by road.

After decreases in recent years there are signs of increases in other modes of travel between 2010 and 2011:

  • Bus passengers increased by 2% between 2010 and 2011.
  • Scotrail figures show an 4% increase in passenger numbers continuing the upward trend seen in recent years.
  • Cycling has seen a small increase in reported journeys (0.8% to 1.3%) and in mileage in traffic estimates (2%)
  • Air passengers increased by 5.5% (Flights between Scottish airports increased 8% and flights to Europe by11%. Flights to other UK airports increased by 3%).
  • Ferry passengers carried on routes within Scotland fell by 2.5% but vehicles carried increased by 1% over the same period.

The cost of travel continues to increase.

  • The cost of motoring increased by 9% between 2010 and 2011, driven by large increases in tax and insurance (21%) and oil and fuel (14%).
  • The cost of rail and bus & coach fares increased by 7% over the same period.  The Retail Prices Index increased by 5%.
Publication Date: 
Wed 12/Dec/2012
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