Travellers rack up 6,584 miles

Travellers rack up 6,584 miles

The average person in England travelled 6,584 miles last year - far less than they would have before the economic crisis.

In 2007, before the recession hit, the figure was 7,124 miles. The figures from the Government's transport department cover all modes of travel including walking, driving and journeys as a passenger.

Most of the 2013 travelling took place in a van or car. Typically, people covered 3,235 miles as a driver and 1,865 miles as a passenger.

People have generally been walking more, with the 187 miles done on foot last year comparing to 182 miles the year before. The average cyclist is also racking up more miles than in pre-recession time.

RAC Foundation director Professor Stephen Glaister said: "The total mileage we travel by train, plane, automobile or otherwise has shown a slow but steady decline pretty much over the whole of the past decade.

"The question is why? Does the telecoms revolution mean we are doing more without leaving the house or is it a matter of changing patterns of life and levels of income? These are fundamental questions that need addressing as we plan for a population growth of 10 million over the next 20 years or so."

Not much has changed for the typical rail traveller or London Tube user - the average distance travelled on both was nearly identical in 2013 and 2012.

People did about 83 miles on the Underground and 567 miles by train.

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