Transport Secretary comments on weekly transport trends

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Commenting on the publication of weekly transport data, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said:

“For a second week, travel is now at an average of 2.5 trips per person per day, which is the highest recorded average trip rate since lockdown. This still remains lower than the typical average of 2.7 trips per person per day before COVID-19. Travel remains down across all modes with the exception of cycling which sees a welcome 30% increase compared to this time last year.

“With schools having returned, I’m grateful to everyone who has left the car at home and who has chosen to walk, wheel and cycle for the school run wherever possible. We know that active travel benefits our health, protects the environment and helps manage demand on public transport – so let’s continue to leave space on public transport for those that need it most.

“Due to physical distancing requirements, capacity on our public transport network is reduced from normal levels. Our guidance to everyone thinking about travelling remains the same.

“Work from home if you can. For everyday trips and for getting to school, think about walking, wheeling and cycling where possible. If you do need to use public transport, please plan ahead and try to avoid peak times. When using public transport practice good hand hygiene and remember that face coverings remain mandatory on public transport in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19.”

Advice on how to travel safely is available on the Transport Scotland website.

Full COVID-19 transport trend data and methodology is available on the Transport Scotland website.