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Average distance travelled for commuting purposes, by mode England 2018

Cars and vans were the most popular mode of transport for commuting purposes in England. In 2018, car and van drivers travelled an average of 788 miles per year, nearly three and a half times the distance travelled by those using surface rail as a means of commuting. In Great Britain overall, the car was used by more than two thirds of commuters, by far the majority of those travelling to work. In the past three years, the popularity of the car was unchallenged.

Train commutes the longest

The average commuting time for those travelling via rail was an hour, which suggested that those using rail tended to do so when needing to traverse greater distances. By comparison, the average car commute was 26 minutes long in 2017.

Company cars have greatest annual mileage

The greatest commuting mileage of car drivers was covered by those driving company vehicles. In 2018, a company car user drove nearly four times the distance someone using a private car travelled.

Average distance travelled per person for commuting purposes in England in 2018, by mode of transport

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Source

Release date

July 2019

Region

United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

2018

Number of respondents

256,000 trips (all purposes)

Special properties

National Travel Survey

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* Mostly private hire bus (including school buses).
** Air, ferries, light rail.

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