Everyone urged to think about how and when they should travel across Scotland

Latest Transport Trend Data figures, released by Transport Scotland, show that journeys across main modes of travel are down on the same time last year.

Monday, 13th July 2020, 1:45 pm
Car journeys were down by 30 per cent
Car journeys were down by 30 per cent

The figures are recorded to inform Scottish Government policy in relation to both resilience and response.

Between June 29 and July 5, rail and ferry journeys were down by 90 per cent on the same period last year. Air journeys were also down by 80 per cent and concessionary bus journeys were down by 75 per cent.

Meanwhile, car journeys were down by 30 per cent and the number of walking journeys were down by 45 per cent.

However, the figures show that cycling journeys were down by just one per cent.

Commenting on the publication of the weekly transport trends data, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said: “On average people are typically continuing to make 1.8 trips per person per day in comparison to the typical average of 2.7 trips per person per day before Covid-19.

“Travel remains down across all modes, despite more of our economy opening back up, and so thank you to everyone who continues to follow our transport guidance. Collectively, we are helping to keep the country moving and helping to stop the spread of Covid-19.

“If you can work from home, please continue to do so. Stay local and walk, wheel or cycle where you can. The £30 million Spaces for People initiative is helping local authorities to deliver pop-up walking and cycling infrastructure across the country. If you do need to use public transport, please plan ahead and try to avoid peak times where that is possible.

“Please remember that the use of a face covering is now mandatory on public transport. To protect yourself and others it is as important as ever to practice good hand and respiratory hygiene.

“If you need to use public transport, know that it is there for you and with enhanced cleaning measures in place – but I would ask everyone to think about how and when they travel, so that we can leave space on public transport for those that need it most.”