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The roads, railways, and bus routes that criss-cross the UK serve as lifelines for industry, commerce, and everyday life. So how is everyone getting around? We break down the nuts and bolts of public and private transport in the UK today.

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WHAT MOVES US

Public and Private Transport in the UK


The roadways, railways, and bus routes that criss-cross the UK serve as lifelines for industry, commerce, and everyday life. So how is everyone getting around? We breakdown the nuts and bolts of public and private transport in the UK today.


PUBLIC SPENDING ON TRANSPORT

> Total public spending on transport in 2010/11 reached £22.9 billion, with the largest portion going toward railways.

Breakdown of Public Sector Expenditure on Transport in the UK
33% Railways
25% Local Roads
22% Local Public Transport
16% National Roads
4% Other Transport


TRAFFIC VOLUME AND ROADWAYS


Overall vehicle traffic is down slightly from a year before. And though rural minor roads make up the majority of roadways in the UK, they have the least vehicle traffic.


>> Total Motor Vehicle Traffic Volume in 2010
308.1 billion vehicle miles
1.6% lower than in 2009


>> Total Road Length in Great Britain in 2010
245,000 miles
1% greater than in 2000


Road Traffic in 2010
20% Motorways
28% Rural “A” roads
16% Urban “A” roads
14% Rural minor roads
22% Urban minor roads

Road Length in 2010
1% Motorways
9% Rural “A” roads
3% Urban “A” roads
54% Rural minor roads
33% Urban minor roads


CRUISING SPEEDS


The majority of drivers on all road types drive at or below the speed limit. Motorways are where you’ll find the most likelihood of drivers speeding.

Average Free Flow Speed of Cars (On Non-Built-Up Roads)
69 mph On motorways
68 mph On dual carriageways
47 mph On single carriageways

Where Drivers Are Exceeding the Speed Limit
49% Speed on motorways (70 mph)
46% Speed on 30 mph roads
42% Speed on dual carriageways (70 mph)
23% Speed on 40 mph roads
7% Speed on single carriageways


PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AT A GLANCE


So what mode of public transportation is the most popular? Buses outpace the next closest option by more than double the passenger journeys.

Passenger Journeys by Transport (2010/11)
Buses 4.6 billion passenger journeys
National Railways 1.4 billion passenger journeys
London Underground 1.1 billion passenger journeys
Light Rail and Trams 196.5 million passenger journeys


SOURCES: DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT, OFFICE FOR NATIONAL STATISTICS

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TRANSPORT IN GREAT BRITAIN TODAY
Based on this report, it would cover the growth in vehicles on the road, average speeds, gov't expenditure on transport, etc. http://assets.dft.gov.uk/statistics/releases/transport-statistics-great-britain-2011/tsgb-2011-summaries.pdf


Chapter 7, Avg speeds, taxes given to roads, accidents, road length, etc.


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