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Travel demand in week 5 of Covid-19 lockdown

01 May 2020


Road traffic was three per cent higher on Monday of this week than Monday of last week, but was 56 per cent lower than the first week of February, according to the Government’s monitoring of travel demand during the Covid-19 pandemic.

UK-wide travel restrictions to limit the spread of the virus were introduced on 23 March, taking legal effect on 26 March. Emergency powers make it an offence for any person to leave their home without “reasonable excuse”. Exceptions include: to obtain basic necessities; to exercise; to seek medical assistance; and to travel for work if it is not possible to work from home. 

Transport Scotland this week published travel data for the period 20-26 April, showing: concessionary bus journeys down 85 per cent; rail journeys down 95 per cent; ferry journeys down 95 per cent; plane journeys down 90 per cent; and car journeys down 70 per cent. 

Cycling journeys are up 120 per cent. The previous week, Transport Scotland reported cycling up 35 per cent.

The Scottish figures compare actual journeys against Transport Scotland’s estimates of typical journey patterns at this time of year taking account of figures from a range of sources including the DfT’s National Travel Survey, previous editions of Scottish Transport Statistics, and data collected across the transport network.

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