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Summary: Age and Transport and Travel

Transport imageSummary: Age and Transport and Travel

  • Over three quarters of those under 60 had travelled the previous day when interviewed for the Scottish Household Survey. 51% of those aged 80 and over had travelled the previous day. This compares with 68% for those aged 70-79 and 75% for those aged 60-69.

 Source: Transport and Travel in Scotland 2015, Table TD1

  • As people got older they were more likely to drive to work. Around 42% of those aged 16-19 drove to work compared to 66% of those aged 50-59. Another 13% of those aged 16-19 travelled to work as a passenger in a car.
  • Young people were more likely to walk to work or travel by bus. Around 23% of 16-19 year olds walked to work and another 19% travelled by bus. 45% used public or active travel to get to work.

Source: Transport and Travel in Scotland 2015, Table 7

  • Fifty per cent of journeys to school were made by walking or cycling in 2015.  Fifty-six per cent of those aged 4-11 and 42% of those aged 12-18 usually walked or cycled to school.  For those aged 4-11 the next most popular mode was as a passenger in a car or van (32.4%).  For those aged 12-18, the next most popular was school bus (26.4%).

Source: Transport and Travel in Scotland 2015, Table 15

  • Younger and older people were less likely to drive everyday and less likely to hold a driving license. Just over one third of those aged 20-29 and 38% of 60-69 year olds drove everyday, compared to more than half of those aged 40-49.  Only 26% of those aged 70-79 and 12% of those aged 80+ drove everyday.

Source: Transport and Travel in Scotland, 2015, Table 20

Road Accidents
  • Young drivers aged 17-25 were twice as likely to be involved in an injury accident than older drivers.  (17-25 rate per thousand population for 2010-14 is 4.0 compared to 2.7 for the population as a whole).
  • Injury rates on Scotland’s roads were twice as high for those aged 16-22 than for the population as a whole.  (For those aged 16-22 the rate per thousand for all injury severities was 4.50 compared to 2.32 for the population as a whole.  The rate for children was 1.30).

Source: Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2014 (Table 18b and Table 32b)

Bus Travel
  • Younger and older people were more likely to use the bus.  Forty-six per cent of adults had used the bus in the month prior to the SHS interview.  66% of 16-19 year olds had used the bus in the last month and half of those aged 60-69 and 70-79.

Source: Transport and Travel in Scotland, 2015 Table 28

Concessionary Travel
  • Eighty-six per cent of those aged 60 and over held a concessionary pass.
  • Around a third of bus journeys were undertaken by concessionary pass holders.
  • The main reasons cited by people aged 70 and over in 2011/12 for not using buses more frequently were health issues and that there is no need (Figures not published for 2012/13).

Source: Scottish Transport Statistics, 2014 (Tables 2.12 and 2.2a) and Bus and Coach Statistics 2011/12 (Table 21)

  • 56% of those aged 60 or over used their concessionary pass at least once a month. 31% had a pass but haven't used it and 13% had no pass.
  • 28% of those aged 16-18 had a young person’s concessionary travel pass, as at 2011 (Figures not published for 2015).

Source: Transport and Travel in Scotland, 2015 (Table 31 and 32)

Train Travel
  • Younger people were more likely to use the train.  Thirty-nine percent of those aged 16-19 had used the train in the last month, compared to 23% of those aged 60-69.

Source: Transport and Travel in Scotland, 2015 Table 28


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National Performance Framework

National Performance Framework

Fifty National Indicators enable progress towards the achievement of the National Outcomes and ultimately the delivery of the Purpose to be tracked.

Indicators are chosen to show how the Scottish Government are progressing on the range of Outcomes. Equality breakdowns illustrate how protected groups are progressing towards achievement of the National Outcomes, particularly ‘we have tackled the significant inequalities in Scottish society’.

National Indicator number 32: Reduce deaths on Scotland's roads, data table

National Indicator number 48: Increase the proportion of journeys to work made by public or active transport, data table

- progress against these National Indicators, broken down by Age, can be found under the 'What more do we know about the National indicator?' heading.

Publications and Outputs



Tables from Transport Scotland statistical publications can be found on the statistics pages of the Transport Scotland website

Scottish Household Survey microdata is available (through a ‘special licence’ scheme) from the UK Data Archive.

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