Scots are travelling less since recession hit


RECESSION-hit Scots made 105 million fewer trips last year, according to official figures.

Five million Scots showed an increasing trend to stay at home in tough times, making an average of 957 trips per person.

That’s 21 fewer journeys each than the previous year’s average of 978 trips.

Less journeys being made each year 

The official statistics from the Department of Transport show that Scots still spend a significant part of our lives travelling.

The average person spent 358 hours on journeys over the year – the equivalent of 15 full days.

And despite efforts to tempt us out of cars, the average Scot travelled 5,000 miles in 2009/10 by vehicle.

Public transport made up just 18% of the total distance covered, with Scots travelling an average of 1,200 miles each, 485 by local bus and 364 by train.


Walking accounted for just 3% of journeys made, with each person walking 179 miles.

Forty per cent of health adults claimed they walked for at least 20 minutes per day three times a week.

Cycling accounted for an average of 35 miles per person.

Of the most popular reasons cited for making each trip, shopping was the most frequent purpose for travel.

But more time was spent on commuting and business trips.

Another frequent reason was visiting friends and family which accounted for 15% of all journeys made.

And Scots women make more journeys than men, making 997 compared to 955.

Men however travelled further, and covered a whopping 8,524 miles.

The statistics presented were based on the Department for Transport’s GB National Travel Survey.

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