Transport and Travel in Scotland 2015 - 27 September 2016

3. Introduction

Traffic and passenger numbers in Scotland, 2010, 2014 and 2015

2010 2014 2015 % change over 1 year % change over 5 years
Car traffic (m/veh km) on all roads & 33,591 34,415 34,669 +0.7% +3.2%
Pedal cycles (m/veh km) on all roads & 298 369 342 -7.3% +14.8%
ScotRail passengers (millions)$ 78.3 92.7 93.2 +0.5% +19.0%
Bus passengers (millions)$ 432 414 407* -1.7% -5.8%
Air passengers (millions) 20.91 24.08 25.51 +5.9% +22%
Ferry passengers in Scotland (millions)# 8.02 7.88 7.82 -0.8% -2.5%

Sources: DfT, ORR, CAA, ferry operators (Not all National Statistics)
Notes: $ Based on financial year, *provisional figures, # Does not include figures for passenger numbers on the Corran ferry service,
&traffic estimates indicate the broad level of traffic, so year-on-year comparisons should be made with caution as they are estimated
based on a small cross-section of Scottish roads, particularly for cycle traffic. 

This bulletin provides the results of the Transport and travel related questions asked in the Scottish Household Survey, including information from the travel diary, and uses data from a range of other sources to provide some context around transport and travel in Scotland.  

The graph on the front page of the report and the table above provide a time series of trends in transport mode usage. This is provided to give context to the SHS estimates published in the following chapters. The measures are indexed to a 2005 base year and include annual passenger numbers for rail, ferry, bus and air travel, as well as DfT traffic volume estimates for bicycle and car travel.

A lookup table for confidence intervals is included (Table A), which can be used in conjunction with the estimates and sample size, to give an indication of what inferences can reliably be made from the data. In some cases, where the sample size would be below 50 respondents, years have been combined or estimates suppressed.

Data sources are listed in Section 9 of this publication. Further explanation of definitions can be found in the relevant topic chapters of Scottish Transport Statistics

Scottish Transport Statistics will be published in February 2017 and will contain a comprehensive statistical picture of transport statistics in Scotland. For a full list of transport statistics publications see:

Ben Collier
Transport Analytical Services
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