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London school travel: key insights from the National Travel Survey.

We analysed the National Travel Survey [NTS] for London pupils to get a better understanding of how pupils are travelling to school across age groups and distance bands.



  1. The National Travel Survey table [NTS 0614] provides a blended overall driving rate for London pupils 5-16. This shows 23% of pupil trips driven in 2015/16 , reducing to 20% in 2018/2019 and increasing back to 24% for 2022.



However, to be able to take action on reducing school run driving and enabling pupils to travel sustainably, we need to understand this data in more depth. What age groups are being driven? How does the distance that pupils are being driven impact travel mode?


2. For primary pupils age 5-11, 28% of pupils' trips were reported as driven and this breaks out in the following way across travel distances.


Participant recorded on the road distance

% of pupils' trips

% of trips driven

<0.5 miles

32.4%

2.0%

0.5 to 0.9 miles

31.6%

12.9%

1-1.9 miles

21.6%

64.9%

2-4.9 miles

10.7%

66.7%

5+ miles

3.8%

58.0%

All trips

100%

28.1%

 To calculate this primary age table we used National Travel Survey data from 2017-2019 plus 2022[1], 2020 and 2021 data was omitted due to impact of covid. Data comes from 4593 trips made for the purpose of 'education', by 435 children aged 5-10 and living in London . They survey weights provided by the National Travel Survey were applied.



3. For secondary pupils, age 11-18, 10% of pupils' trips are recorded as being driven. This is significantly less than primary pupils because secondary school age pupils are able to travel independently and so are not reliant on their parents taking them to school. The driving rates for secondary age pupils across distance bands breaks out in the following across travel distances.


Participant recorded on the road distance

% of pupils trips

% of trips driven

<0.5 miles

12.4%

1.7%

0.5 to 0.9 miles

16.2%

4.1%

1-1.9 miles

18.9%

11.7%

2-4.9 miles

29.2%

14.0%

5+ miles

23.3%

14.1%

All trips

100%

10.4%


To calculate this secondary age table we gain used the NTS data from 2017-2019 plus 2022[1], 2020 and 2021 data was omitted due to impact of covid. Data comes from 4337 trips made for the purpose of 'education' by 459 children aged 11-18 and living in London. The survey weights provided by the National Travel Survey were applied.



Footnotes:

Data Advisor: Anna Goodman, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine & data lead for Department for Transport recommended Propensity to Cycle tool.




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