525 million public transport journeys were made in 2017/18

National statistics released today by Transport Scotland show that of public transport journeys 74 per cent were made by bus; 19 per cent by rail; 5 per cent by air and 2 per cent by ferry. 

In addition to public transport journeys the publication also shows that in Scotland there were:

  • 3 million motor vehicles licensed in Scotland by the end of 2017 and 250,000 new vehicle registrations in 2017.  83 per cent of all vehicles licensed were cars
  • there were 48 billion vehicle kilometres travelled on Scotland’s roads in 2017, a 3 per cent increase on the previous year
  • car traffic is estimated to have increased by 2 per cent over the year to 36.2 billion vehicle kilometres and pedal cycle traffic is estimated to have increased by 0.7 per cent to 290 million vehicle kilometres in 2017
  • there were 388 million passenger journeys by bus in 2017, accounting for 74% of all public transport journeys
  • there were 97.8 million passenger journeys on ScotRail services in 2017/18, an increase of 4 per cent since 2016/17
  • there were 28.8 million air passengers at Scottish airports in 2017, an increase of 7 per cent in the last year
  • there were 10.3 million passengers on ferry services; 8.5 million passengers were on ferry routes within Scotland in 2017. Ferry passenger numbers have seen an increase of 2 per cent over the year
  • over the past five years air, rail and ferry passengers and car traffic have increased but, bus passengers and cycle traffic have seen a decrease.

These figures were published in Scottish Transport Statistics. This compendium publication provides a comprehensive statistical picture of transport activity in Scotland, bringing together a wide range of transport related statistics that have been published throughout the last year by a number of organisations including Transport Scotland and the Department for Transport.

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