Satisfaction with public transport increased from 71 per cent to 75 per cent in 2014

The publication includes a range of statistics about the journeys people make, and how they travel. The proportion of adults travelling the previous day has increased from 76 per cent in 2013 to 77 per cent in 2014. Cars/vans remained the most popular mode of transport and were used for two thirds of journeys, walking and cycling accounted for another quarter and roughly ten per cent were by public transport.

Most journeys were short in duration and distance, with seventy per cent lasting less than 20 minutes. The average car journey was 10km, but half of car journeys were less than 5km. The average walking journey was 1km. The main reasons for travel were commuting and shopping, accounting for just over a fifth of journeys each.

The statistics provide updates on progress against two of Scotland’s National Indicators on Congestion and on Public or Active Transport:

  • 11.7 per cent of driver journeys were perceived to be delayed due to congestion, an increase on 2013 and so the arrow will show performance worsening.
  • 29.8 per cent of journeys to work were by Public or Active transport, similar to the proportion seen in 2013, so the arrow will show performance maintaining.

The figures released today were produced by independent statistical staff free from any political interference, in accordance with professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Notes to editors


The full statistical publication is available on the Transport Scotland website:

The publication provides a first release of the results from the transport questions in the Scottish Household Survey (SHS) and Travel Diary data. The publication uses data from other sources (eg Department for Transport) to provide context to the SHS results.

The statistics in the publication are used by Transport Scotland, Local Authorities and others to understand transport patterns and travel behaviours in Scotland and to develop policy.

The SHS started in February 1999 and involved interviews with around 11,000 households across Scotland each year. While the aim is to obtain a representative cross section, like any survey the results may vary from year-to-year depending upon the composition of the sample. Some topics have been included in the SHS since it started; others were added more recently.

Results on other topics within the SHS, including housing, health and education, are published within the SHS Annual Report 2014 which can be accessed through the Scottish Government website.

Further information on Transport and Travel statistics within Scotland can be accessed at:

Official statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff – more information on the standards of official statistics in Scotland can be accessed at:

Contact: Transport Scotland Press Office: 0141 272 7195

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