Transport Statistics Great Britain 2013 - key points

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Today sees the publication of the annual transport statistics for the UK. This publication tracks the annual changes in transport usage by mode along with statistics on safety. We've previously covered data on road journey reliability.

Some interesting statistics from this year:

  • Business travel accounts for 30% of passengers at Heathrow, which 'handles more business passengers than the next 4 largest airports combined'. This backs up what we found in our Transport for Growth survey earlier this year, where 50% of South East manufacturers favoured the expansion of Heathrow as their preferred option for meeting the aviation capacity challenge. Heathrow is the largest UK cargo port by value for non EU trade.
  • Despite a fall in air transport movements in 2012 (down 1.5%), freight by air increased slightly by 0.2%. As we've blogged about earlier nearly 40% of the UK's exports of goods and commodities by value are air freighted.
  • 68% of freight moved in 2010 was done via the road network, just 9% for rail
  • UK sea ports handled 500.9 million tonnes (Mt) of freight traffic in 2012, down from 519Mt in 2011 and the same as 2009. The total amount of goods leaving the country by ports declined from 191.9Mt in 2011 to 181.4Mt in 2012
  • Finally, the gap between central government expenditure on strategic roads and railways in England has widened for another year.

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