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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 65% for those aged 70-79 and 76% for those aged 60-69.

Source: Transport and Travel in Scotland 2016 (Table TD1. Last updated: September 2017)

  • As people got older they were more likely to drive to work. Around 49% of those aged 20-29 drove to work compared to 67% of those aged 50-59.
  • Young people were more likely to walk to work or travel by bus. Around 15% of 20-29 year olds walked to work and another 15% travelled by bus. 41% used public or active travel to get to work.

Source: Transport and Travel in Scotland 2016 (Table 7. Last updated: September 2017)

  • Fifty three per cent of journeys to school were made by walking or cycling in 2016.  Fifty nine 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 (30%).  For those aged 12-18, the next most popular was school bus (23%).

Source: Transport and Travel in Scotland 2016 (Table 15. Last updated: September 2017)


  • 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 41% of 60-69 year olds drove everyday, compared to 56% of those aged 40-49.  Only 27% of those aged 70-79 and 15% of those aged 80+ drove everyday.

Source: Transport and Travel in Scotland 2016 (Table 20. Last updated: September 2017)


Road Accidents
  • Young drivers aged 17-25 were more likely to be involved in an injury accident than older drivers.  (17-25 rate per thousand population for 2012-16 is 3.6 compared to 2.5 for the population as a whole).
  • Injury rates on Scotland’s roads were nearly 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 4.00 compared to 2.14 for the population as a whole.  The rate for children was 1.14).

Source: Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2016 (Tables 18 and 32. Last updated: October 2017)


Bus Travel
  • Younger and older people were more likely to use the bus.  41% of adults had used the bus in the month prior to the SHS interview.  59% of 16-19 year olds had used the bus in the last month, compared to 49% of those aged 60-69 and 70-79.

Source: Transport and Travel in Scotland 2016 (Table 28. Last updated: September 2017)


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.

Source: Scottish Transport Statistics, 2014 (Tables 2.12 and 2.2a. Published: 2015) 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.

Source: Transport and Travel in Scotland, 2015 (Tables 31 and 32. Published: 2016)

Note: More recent statistics are not available

Train Travel
  • Younger people were more likely to use the train.  29% of those aged 20-29 had used the train in the last month, compared to 22% of those aged 60-69.

Source: Transport and Travel in Scotland 2016 (Table 28. Last updated: September 2017)


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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

Publications and Outputs

Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2016 (October 2017) This publication presents detailed statistics about the circumstances of personal injury road accidents in Scotland that were reported by the police. Statistics are broken down by age and gender

Transport and Travel in Scotland 2016 (September 2017) This bulletin provides the results of the Transport and travel related questions asked in the Scottish Household Survey, including information from the travel diary, and uses data from a range of other sources to provide some context around transport and travel in Scotland. Statistics are broken down by age and gender

Scottish Transport Statistics 2016 (February 2017) This publication presents a comprehensive statistical picture of transport activity and covers a wide range of topics. Statistics are available for age and gender

Evaluation of National Concessionary Travel in Scotland (May 2009) The study considers the impact of concessionary travel on behaviour and the extent to which it had impacted positively on social inclusion, modal shift and the establishment of healthier lifestyles among particular groups.

National Transport Strategy: User Consultation (October 2006) As part of the National Transport Strategy consultation process research was undertaken to understand the views of transport users within "hard to reach" audiences. The main highlights are presented in the research findings.

High Level Summary of Equality Statistics 2006 (2006) The High Level Summary of Equality Statistics is a compendium which presents statistical trends on the main areas of Government activity in Scotland across a number of equality dimensions including age, disability, ethnicity, gender and in some cases religion

Scottish Government Equality Outcomes: Age Evidence Review (2013) A comprehensive review of available evidence in relation to age equality.



Scottish Government Survey Data

Scottish Household Survey - The Scottish Government website provides further information on accessing Scottish Household Survey data

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

Transport and Travel datasets - Tables from Transport Scotland statistical publications can be found on the statistics pages of the Transport Scotland website

Official Statistics

statistics.gov.scot - Explore, visualise and download over 200 datasets from a range of producers. Start browsing by theme, organisation, or geography. Or access programmatically using our APIs. A range of datasets are available that can be broken down by age group


External Links

External Links

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External Publications and Outputs

Crash Map - Interactive tool allowing users to view where crashes have occurred in the UK.

External Research Organisations

Department for Transport Statistics - Department for Transport publishes official statistics relating to the transport system in Great Britain.



Transport and Travel

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