This is the 2018 edition of Scottish Transport Statistics, and is the thirty seventh publication in the series.  The publication presents a comprehensive statistical picture of transport activity and covers a wide range of topics. 

This is a National Statistics publication.

This publication presents a range of both National Statistics and Official Statistics. National Statistics are certified as meeting the high professional standards within the UK Statistics Authority’s Code of Practice for Official Statistics:

Official Statistics follow the Code of Practice as closely as possible but have not been certified as Code compliant. They are fit for purpose and are of sufficient quality to meet user needs. This publication also includes statistics produced out with the Scottish Government. Such statistics are marked by the relevant source.  Users should be aware that although we did not directly produce these, we believe them to be a good source hence their inclusion within the publication.

The Structure of the Publication

The Summary section provides a compact view of the key findings and trends over the past 10 years and includes some comparisons with the figures for Great Britain (or the UK) and some longer term trends. Longer term trends are included in tables on the Transport Scotland website.

This is followed by 13 chapters, each with a graphical summary page, statistical commentary and corresponding tables.

A Notes, Definitions and Sources section then provides information users should be aware of when using the statistics, descriptions of specific terms used and a note on the sources of statistics used when compiling the publication.

Chapter 12 looks at International Comparisons, comparing Scotland with some EU countries. 

Finally, there are some other short sections covering:

  • recent transport research projects;
  • other Transport Statistics publications; and 
  • Transport Scotland web site - where updated versions of some of this edition's tables and charts can be found

We would welcome comments from users on the publication and/or suggestions for new data sources that could be included in future publications. Comments can be provided to us at the address below:

Transport Analytical Services
Transport Scotland
Victoria Quay
Tel: 0131 244 7256 

Brief extracts from this publication may be reproduced, provided that Scottish Transport Statistics is fully acknowledged as the source.

Proposals for larger extracts should be addressed to the enquiries address below.


Symbols used: The following symbols are used throughout:

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-  or  0 nil or less than half the final digit shown (NB: these are used interchangeably)
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Rounding: In some tables, where figures have been rounded independently, the sum of constituent items may not always appear to agree exactly with the total shown.

Enquiries and suggestions

Enquiries about the statistics in this publication should generally be made to the relevant producer body as indicated in the Notes, Definitions and Sources sections of the publication.

Other enquiries (such as about the availability of other editions) should be made to:

Mr Andrew Knight
Transport Analytical Services
Transport Scotland
Victoria Quay
Telephone: 0131 244 7256

Feedback on the usefulness of this publication including suggestions for improvement be addressed to the above address.