A fifth of UK adults can’t commute by public transport
New research has emerged to reveal the reasons behind the UK’s continued reliance on the car for travelling to work or town centres…
A recent survey from Direct Line Car Insurance has illuminated how 1.5 million people require three or more buses, trains or trams to reach their town centre. One in ten adults say they would be unable to get to their nearest town if they relied solely on public transport and one in seven would not be able to visit their doctor using only public transportation. Limitations such as these suggest reasons to why almost eight million British workers rate their local public transport links as unsatisfactory; emphasised by over nine million Brits unable to access the local supermarket without a car.
In Wales the statistics are worse with nearly 30 per cent saying they can’t get to work solely using public transport. In Northern Ireland 27 per cent have admitted they wouldn’t be able to get to the office without a car, while a quarter of those in the South West depend only on driving. The easiest journey to work using public transport is in London with a mere 11 per cent struggling without the use of a car.
Percentage who say they would be practically unable to get to work if they did not have a car and had to rely on public transport
|Wales||30 per cent|
|Northern Ireland||27 per cent|
|South West||25 per cent|
|North West||23 per cent|
|East of England||23 per cent|
|West Midlands||23 per cent|
|South East||22 per cent|
|East Midlands||21 per cent|
|North East||17 per cent|
|Yorks & Humber||17 per cent|
|Scotland||17 per cent|
|London||11 per cent|
Twelve per cent of the British public (more than six million people) live more than five miles away from their nearest railway station. On average the furthest distance away from the station is in the East Midlands, where a typical resident is 3.2 miles away from the nearest train station.
Contrary to popular belief, Londoners are the happiest with the available local transport links. According to the survey 62 per cent of those living in London rate the transport as excellent or very good; nearly twice the national average of 35 per cent. The most dissatisfied with 26 per cent rating their links as poor, very poor or terrible are the residents located in the East of England.
|Region||Percentage who are dissatisfied with their public transport links||Percentage who are satisfied with their public transport links|
|East of England||26 per cent||45 per cent|
|East Midlands||23 per cent||50 per cent|
|Northern Ireland||20 per cent||64 per cent|
|Wales||20 per cent||49 per cent|
|South West||18 per cent||46 per cent|
|Yorks & Humber||16 per cent||62 per cent|
|Scotland||15 per cent||60 per cent|
|North East||15 per cent||62 per cent|
|West Midlands||14 per cent||55 per cent|
|South East||14 per cent||58 per cent|
|North West||13 per cent||64 per cent|
|London||0 per cent||86 per cent|
|UK Average||16 per cent||59 per cent|
Rob Miles, Director of Car Insurance at Direct Line, commented: “This research shows that while public transport has improved in many areas, there are still perceived issues with accessibility, reliability and quality in some places.”
Although public transport does require improvements in some areas, some people however just don’t like using public transportation. Twenty per cent are discouraged by the expense and 16 per cent are put off by the unreliability of the service. Over one million adults within the UK also admit it is the lack of cleanliness that deters them from using public transport.