Increasing numbers of Londoners swapping their car for public transport (UK)

By News Editor / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
Latest figures show there has been a 7 percent increase in the numbers of Londoners getting out of their cars and choosing to use public transport, walking or cycling in London.
TfL has published its third annual Travel in London report, which confirms that demand for public transport in the Capital has bounced back since the recession and continues to increase. There has been a 7 percent increase in the numbers of Londoners getting out of their cars and choosing to use public transport, walking or cycling in London, without which there would have been one million more car driver trips in London in 2009.

Londoners now use public transport for 41 per cent of their journeys, a 7 per cent increase since 2000. The report also highlights how Londoners travel behaviour has changed over the last decade, from 2000 to 2010.

The report highlights key developments over the decade up to 2010, specifically:

  • Growing demand for travel: The number of trips made in London each day has increased by eight per cent since 2000, reflecting both population growth and economic development
  • An unprecedented modal shift of seven percentage points away from car use onto public transport, walking and cycling: Without this modal shift, there would have been one million more car driver trips in London in 2009, adding congestion to the Capital's road network and undermining economic growth
  • Fewer car journeys: Traffic on London's roads has fallen by six per cent since 2000, while traffic on Great Britain's roads increased by nearly eight per cent over the same period
  • Greater public transport capacity: Including 32 per cent more bus kilometres and nine per cent more Underground train kilometres operated in 2009/10 compared to 2000/01
  • Sustained improvements in the reliability of bus and Underground services: All indicators of service performance were either at, or close to their recorded highs in 2009/10, with 97 per cent of scheduled kilometres operated on both the Underground and bus networks.

Read the full report

Source: Transport for London
Country: 
United Kingdom
Topic: 
Clean and energy-efficient vehicles