Britons making fewer UK journeys

The number of trips in this country made by Britons has fallen, Government figures have revealed.

Department for Transport figures showed that between 1995 and 1997 an average of 1,096 journeys were made each year, compared with just 973 in 2009.

A drop in shopping trips, commuting and visits to private residences can be linked to the decline in journeys since the 1990s.

Commuting trips fell by 9% in the period between 2007 and 2009.

On average, Britons travelled 6,775 miles in 2009 - a dip from the peak year of 2005 when the average was 7,208 miles.

The average length of a journey has risen from 6.4 miles in 1995/97 to 7.0 miles in 2009.

Time spent travelling has remained fairly static over the last 15 years and was just over an hour a day, on average, in 2009.

Drivers in 2009 may also have been able to better prepare for their trips with access to onlinejourney planners.

Based on responses from 20,000 people in 8,000 households, the figures also showed:

:: Trips by car in 2009 accounted for 63% of all journeys and 79% of the distance travelled;

:: The average annual mileage per car has fallen from about 9,700 in 1995/97 to 8,420 in 2009;

:: The proportion of cars that are company owned has fallen from 7% in 1995/97 to 4% in 2009;

:: Around 80% of men now hold a full driving licence and licences among women have risen from 57% of the female population in 1995/97 to 65% in 2009;

:: 32% of households have two or more cars - a figure that has remained the same since 2005;

:: People currently make an average of 151 trips a year on each weekday, 139 trips on Saturdays and 110 on Sundays;

:: Females made 5% more trips than males last year but men travelled 19% further - averaging 7,380 miles compared with 6,193 for women;

:: In 2009, 50% of primary school children walked to school while 42% were driven;

:: The length of a trip to school has risen from 2.1 miles in 1995/97 to 2.5 miles in 2009.

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