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Scotland's Transport Delivering Improvements: Transport Indicators for Scotland


Scotland's Transport: Delivering Improvements: Transport Indicators for Scotland


Policy Context

The Scottish Executive's Transport Delivery Report, Scotland's Transport: Delivering Improvements1, sets out our transport vision for Scotland, and it describes in detail the very real improvements that have been made and will be delivered with committed funds. The transport vision outlined in the Report reflects the challenges of delivering transport improvements consistent with our overarching vision for a sustainable, effective and integrated transport system and appropriate to people's needs in different parts of Scotland.

Our overriding objective is to tackle urban and inter-urban congestion, to deliver greater public transport integration and accessibility, and to deliver vital missing links in the transport network. We will, however, do much more. The Executive is committed to improving rural transport networks and, in particular, maintaining lifeline air and sea links, vital to the economic and social wellbeing of island areas. We are also very conscious of the pivotal role transport plays in the Scottish economy and are therefore keen to ease the "time to market" for Scotland's business community and improve journey time reliability for all travellers. Improvements to public transport are also an important part of our commitment to the promotion of a fairer and more inclusive society, promoting equality for all, and we will work to deliver transport policies and invest accordingly to achieve this. Throughout all of this activity, we must ensure that safety within our communities is paramount.


The 2002 Scottish Budget delivered excellent outcomes for transport. By 2005-06, the end of the spending review period, our spending on transport will exceed 1 billion each year, a cash increase of 52% over the three-year period. Executive spending on public transport is set to increase by 70% between 2002-03 and 2005-06. By the end of the spending review period, the proportion of transport spending devoted to public transport will be very nearly 70%.


Publishing these transport indicators is a first step in a process. Effective monitoring is an invaluable tool which allows the Scottish Executive to make best use of its resources in the long term, allowing adjustments to both policies and programmes, and funding, whilst keeping our long-term transport vision in place. We have selected 11 transport indicators that align closely with that vision and with the core themes in our transport policy. These indicators will not only enable us to chart our progress, but also enable our stakeholders and delivery partners to assess the outcomes of our policies. We will monitor progress against these indicators, review them on a regular basis and publish an annual update on the Scottish Executive website.

We have given each of our 11 transport indicators a name, provided a description of their relevance to our transport vision, policies and programmes and we have provided information, by way of a chart, on how we intend to measure them. This provides information on the current levels 2, trends and our progress. In the cases where the data are available, the indicators show the trends since 1995. However, only a few years' data are available for some indicators - this is the case, for example, for the indicators which use information from the Scottish Household Survey, as this did not start until 1999. In such cases, the indicators use only the information which is available for the latest available period. Such indicators may be expanded later, when more years' figures become available, to show the trends over several years.
The targets we have set are summarised in Annex A and we will drive forward their delivery. For others, where we have not set targets and/or have a requirement to begin collecting data, we intend to further develop and refine our progress indicators over the coming 12 months.

The transport indicators described in this document are:

  • Road traffic volumes
  • Passenger journeys by public transport
  • Freight lifted
  • Road traffic congestion
  • Condition of the road network
  • Transport emissions
  • Accessibility of local bus services
  • Modal shift on short journeys
  • Modal shift on travel to work and school journeys
  • Road accident casualties
  • Access to public transport information

More information about the numbers that were used to produce the indicators is available in the statistical publications listed in Annex B.