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Exeter census results: How we travel to work

By Rich_Booth  |  Posted: February 15, 2013

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In Exeter 3,535 ride a bike according to the census results

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Exeter has the fourth highest percentage of people who walk to work in England and Wales new census data has revealed.

The additional 2011 Census table was released on Wednesday, covering methods of travel to work, which complements the original table released on 30 January.

People in work were asked 'How do you usually travel to work? Tick the box for the longest part, by distance, of your usual journey to work'.

The results show that 22.9 per cent of those working in Exeter walk to work, placing the city forth in England and Wales behind Norwich (23.8 per cent), Isles of Scilly (38.5 per cent) and City of London (48.4 per cent).

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Out of all the regions walking to work South West has the highest percentage with 17.1 per cent.

The figures also show that 5.8 per cent of people in Exeter travel to work by Bus, minibus or coach, over double the figure of anywhere else in Devon.

Out of the 89,544 people from Exeter who filled in the travel to work section of the 2011 census 4,998 work mainly at or from home, 52 catch an underground, metro, light rail or tram, 1,085 catch the train, 5,166 catch a bus, minibus or coach, 194 catch a taxi, 693 use a motorcycle, scooter or moped, 25,662 drive, 2,972 are passengers in a car or van, 3,535 ride a bike, 12,580 walk and 202 use an other method of travel. 32,405 registered as not in employment.

See a graph of the results below.

Graph: Methods of traveling to work in Exeter

Highlights from the 2011 census figures from across England and Wales:

Traveling to work in England and Wales

In the 2011 Census, driving was the most common form of commuting to work, used by 15.3 million people (57.5 per cent of the working population).

A further 1.4 million people (5.1 per cent) got to work as passengers in cars or vans, giving a vehicle occupancy rate of 1.09 persons per vehicle.

In 2011, 4.3 million people (16.4 per cent) travelled to work by public transport.

Of those using public transport, almost 2 million (7.3 per cent) commuted by bus or coach.

Some 2.8 million people (10.7 per cent) walked to work.

Trains were used by 1.4 million people (5.2 per cent), and a further 1.0 million people (3.9 per cent) commuted by light rail.

Almost 0.8 million (2.9 per cent) cycled to work

The most significant results for England and Wales were:

A fall in the percentage of commuters driving to work: from 55.2 per cent in 2001 to 54.2 per cent in 2011.

A decrease in the proportion commuting to work as passengers in cars or vans: 6.3 per cent in 2001 falling to 5.0 per cent in 2011.

The proportion of people working mainly at or from home increased from 9.2 per cent in 2001 to 10.7 per cent in 2011.

The North East (2.3 percentage points) and Wales (2.4 percentage points) saw the largest decreases in passengers.

A decrease in the vehicle occupancy rate for cars and vans from 1.11 in 2001 to 1.09 in 2011.

Wales and the North East have had the largest decreases in vehicle occupancy rate. Wales decreased to 1.10 in 2011 from 1.15 in 2001, while the North East decreased to 1.12 in 2011 from 1.17 in 2001.

Five of the English regions and Wales saw an increase in drivers to work. The North East had the largest growth (3.2 percentage points).

The proportion of people driving to work in London decreased (from 33.5 per cent in 2001 to 26.3 per cent in 2011).

Boston was one of only four local authorities to see an increase in those getting to work as passengers in cars and vans (3.2 percentage points).

An increase in the use of train and light rail services. Commuting by train increased from 4.1 per cent in 2001 to 5.0 per cent in 2011. Use of light rail increased from 3.0 per cent in 2001 to 3.7 per cent in 2011.

The City of London had the sixth largest percentage point increase in home working (at 4.5 percentage points), though rural local authorities usually had the largest proportional increases in home working.

The South East (2.2 percentage points) and the South West (2.1 percentage points) were the regions with the largest increases.

Just nine urban local authorities had a reduction in the proportion of people working from home; the London Borough of Newham had the largest proportional decrease (1.1 percentage points).

Click here to see the full data.

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