COVID-19 Transport Trend Data - 25 - 31 May 2020

Transport Scotland is monitoring transport trends during the COVID-19 outbreak. This information provides a snapshot of travel across main modes. We use this information to inform Scottish Government policy in relation to both resilience and response. This information cannot be used to determine compliance with government guidance relating to non-essential travel in isolation. Police Scotland hold information in relation to penalty notices issued under emergency legislation. For the period 25 - 31 May we saw:

  Monday - Thursday Saturday - Sunday
Walking Up 25% Up 75%
Cycling Up 30% Up 170%
Concessionary Travel (Bus) Up 1% Up 30%
Rail Down 25% Up 65%
Ferry Up 10% Up 50%
Air Down 5% Up 5%
Cars (Non-tourist routes) Up 5% Up 70%
Cars (tourist routes) Up 10% Up 110%
Cars (cross border sites) Unchanged Up 35%

These figures are prepared by Transport Scotland statisticians and compare actual journeys against a baseline. As Phase 1 of lockdown easing started on 29 May, changes in travel are now baselined to before Phase 1 (Monday 18 to Sunday 24 May inclusive). Phase 1 took effect in the middle of this week. Changes are reported as Monday to Thursday and over the weekend to show before and after the introduction of Phase 1. Friday is not included as this was the day of transition.

Figures are derived from a range of sources, including the Department for Transport National Travel Survey, data published in Scottish Transport Statistics, and data collected across the transport networks from a range of partners. This information is provided by Transport Scotland under the OGL3 licence.

An update to the spreadsheet accompanying the trends data published on 3 June has been made. The update has no impact on the published figures. 

Published Date 3 Jun 2020 Type Topic