Transport for London reports fewer car journeys, more cycling, more DLR

TfL has released its 3rd annual travel report today, revealing that in 2009, the capital saw a 7% decline in car use and a 5% increase in bike use, compared with 2008.


Car journeys still represent the greatest proportion of daily travel in the capital, with 36% of all daily travel involving some car use, compared with 21% for the next biggest categories - walking and catching the bus or tram. Car use is nonetheless in long-term decline in the capital, with "private transport" falling from 1993, when it accounted for 50% of all trips, to 41% of all trips last year.

The total number of journeys made on "TfL-operated services" (Bus, Underground, DLR, Tramlink, Overground) in the capital in 2009 fell by 0.4% - a decline which TfL attributes to the effects of recession, with fewer people travelling for both work and leisure. The data predates the impact of the ELL extension.

Of note is the growth of the DLR as a transport option, which was the only TfL service to experience significant growth last year. At the start of the decade, it accounted for 195 million passenger kilometres. Last year, the figure was 365 million. This growth should accelerate thanks to the expansion of the DLR's capacity this year.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Meh, lets drop this boring stuff and get to the 2011 predictions.

Anonymous said...

I predict that the royal wedding reception will take place at Jam Circus, finally putting Brockley on the map. Pizza Express and England's largest Marks and Spencer will follow in July.

Anonymous said...

Now you are living in dream world,Pizza Express.

Monkeyboy said...

I'm setting up a Brockley Republicans Collective.... off with their heads (only metaphorically obviously)

Anonymous said...

I predict that with the new station the ELL will branch off and join the Northern Line at London Bridge

Anonymous said...

Have you seen the daily diesel price rises? I'm not surprised car use is falling.

patrick1971 said...

Interesting, isn't it, that car travel is in decline when there seem to be definitely more cars around.

If you look back to the 1970s, Jerry in the Good Life drove to work, Surbiton to London Bridge, and this wasn't seen as unusual. On the development I used to live on in Deptford, built 1979, there were only 20 car spaces for 50 houses.

Is it that we're seeing a sort of democratisation of car travel, i.e. more people have cars but as a result can use them less? So the upper middle class Jerrys of the 1970s world would have used their cars all the time, but now even they can't because the roads are so crammed?

Tamsin said...

And the cars are so much wider. They just don't fit into the parking spaces, garages and car ports designed for them even as little as twenty years ago. (Unless it is just that my erstwhile employers whose new building opened in 1987 were impossibly optimistic about how many parking spaces they could create.)

hardlianotion said...

I'm splitting with the BRC to demand the heads of non-proletarian members of our ruling class.

Anonymous said...

have u all forgotten the congestion zone - that must have had an effect

Mb said...

You can't split! I've not formed it yet!

TJ said...

I don't think this survey is very reliable - I was surveyed for it (and again this year) - the questions werte along the lines of "on a scale of 1 to 10 do you use your car less than last year, 1 being much less and 10 being much more and 5 being the same" - then they repeated the question on the lines of '..for commuting'...'for shopping' etc. they asked about all modes of transport.

Very subjective way of getting results.

Headhunter said...

Yes, that doesn't sound a very representative way of doing a survey! One person "much" less coule be another person's "little" less.... Very subjective.

Cycling has definitely picked up since 2006 when I started biking to work from Brockley, when I started riding in, if the weather took a slight turn for the worse with a little rain or the threat of rain, I would find myself the only person cycling up the OKR, nowadays, even with weather conditions as they are currently I see a smattering of other people on bikes...

Tyrwhitt Jo said...

Having seen the data (for work purposes) the changes are not calculated from those questions. The have comparative data of the trips people make recorded using a travel diary, from each of the previous years and the change is calculated from that.

TJ said...

Jo - they may use travel diaries but they also use the surveys as I reported - from the first page of the report:

"The LTDS is a rolling sample survey of households and individuals within Greater
London. "

Tyrwhitt Jo said...

TJ - part of the LTDS is the travel diary I mentioned, this is the data I often work with

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