Access to key services 'significantly higher in urban areas'

Published on Friday, 24 June 2011 14:12
Posted by Scott Buckler

The average minimum travel time for people to access seven key services in rural areas was 21 minutes in 2010 compared with 12 minutes for urban locations (June 24th)

Figures have been published by the Department for Transport (DfT) regarding accessibility in the UK and reveal that the proportion of users able to visit employment centres on foot or by public transport was highest at 82 per cent.

However, for hospitals this number fell to 31 per cent, with the highest incidents of overall access to key services in such ways within "reasonable" times found in London.

The east of England had the lowest rating for public transport and walking accessibility.

Overall, average minimum times to access the seven key services identified (excluding town centres) was six minutes by car, nine minutes by bicycle or 14 minutes on foot or via methods such as bus and rail.

Recently published DfT bus statistics for the first quarter of this year showed a 0.1 per cent rise in passenger journeys year-on-year in England, driven by increases in non-metropolitan areas and London.

 

Source: CILT UK

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