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The National Travel Survey

National Travel Survey

Getting from A to B should be simple. The National Travel Survey uncovers how the nation is getting around and what can be done to improve things.

Whether you drive, take the bus, the tube or the train, walk or even cycle - travel is a basic part of our everyday lives. Daily commute, business trip or a weekend excursion – these are all important to us personally, and to how the country runs as a whole.

The National Travel Survey is the Department for Transport’s main source of information about how we get around the country. They use it to plan major policy changes. This could be anything from investment in the railways to building new roads.   

Every year we select 13,000 households to take part in this study of how, why, where and how far people travel. The National Travel Survey has been running since 1965, so it’s a unique source of data that shows us how our travel patterns have changed. Did you know, we walk less than in 1995 but we’re now more likely to take the train?