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Public transport: All modes

PT002 Public transport use in the last year by people aged 15 years and over — 2015/17 (%)

In general terms, use of public transport increases with:

  • an ageing population
  • urbanisation and density
  • proximity to a public transport stop
  • increased fuel costs (for car drivers)
  • service quality
  • feelings of social cohesion
  • lower household vehicle ownership

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PT003 Travel by purpose on public transport compared with all travel (%)

Excluding travel home, public transport is used the most to travel to places of education (36% of public transport trip legs), which reflects the predominantly young age profile of public transport users.

It is also frequently used for travel to work: 26% of public transport trip legs compared with 15% of trip legs overall.

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PT004 Public transport use in the last year by number of vehicles in household — 2011/14 (%)

Vehicle ownership is inversely correlated with household use of public transport.


Sixty percent of people in households with no vehicle used public transport, while only 27% of people in households with 5 vehicles or more used public transport in the last year.

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