Welcome to our section on transport statistics.
This document brings together a range of facts and figures relating to transport and accessibility within Somerset. The data comes from public websites, using sources such as the ONS 2011 Census, Department for Transport, DVLA, Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and local authorities.
Key Messages for Somerset
- Traffic volumes on Somerset’s roads have increased by around 11% since 2000, and by considerably more on the M5. However, in 2014, car mileage on major roads dipped to its lowest level since 2002.
- The number of cars and vans available for use by households in Somerset was 318,697 in 2011, an average of 14 cars per 10 households. This is above the national average.
- Between 2005 and 2015, the total number of vehicles licensed by the DVLA to Somerset postcodes increased by 14% to 385,000, outstripping the national rise of 11% (DVLA Table VEH 0105)
- Road casualties per billion vehicle miles in Somerset have fallen steadily in recent years, broadly in line with national trends. Somerset has a lower casualty rate than might be expected given the volume of traffic.
- There are ten railway stations in Somerset, six of which experienced record amounts of passenger usage in 2014/15. The largest, at Taunton, had 1.32 million people entering and exiting the station annually.
- In total, the station passenger usage in Somerset of nearly 2.87 million was 55% higher than it was 10 years ago.
- Bus passenger journeys in Somerset rose to a six-year high of 9.7 million in 2015/16.
- However, the figure per head of population is the 9th lowest in England.
- The number of licensed taxis and private hire vehicles increased by 64% in the past ten years to 1,083 in 2015.
- In 2012-13, SCC received 2,638 reports of potholes on its road network and filled in more than 20,000.
- Whilst car/van access is important for the population's ability to reach services and employment, dependence on motorised transport, especially in rural areas, does leave many people vulnerable to financial strain should petrol and diesel prices continue to rise.
- West Somerset in particular faces challenges related to travel accessibility to employment centres, shops and other services.
Somerset Traffic Data 2015
The Transport Data Team at Somerset County Council published a report outlining the traffic data collected across Somerset up to the end of 2015. The information provided is a summary of the data regularly collected by Somerset County Council’s (SCC’s) Transport Data Team supplemented with data from the Department for Transport (DfT) and Highways England (HE). Further information and data for individual sites collected by SCC is available through the Transport Data Team.
This Somerset Traffic Data 2015 report is available on the Somerset County Council web site in the Transport survey information section.
Road traffic projections
In July 2013, the Department for Transport released new road traffic projections to the year 2040 based on its National Transport Model (NTM). Using projections on population, economic growth, fuel prices, technological advances and current long-term transport stategies, all road traffic volumes in England are projected to rise by more than 20% in the next decade and over 40% by 2040. As we have seen in Somerset recently, LGVs (vans) have bucked the trend of declining traffic volumes and the largest national % increase is projected to come from LGVs (up 80% by 2040). The overall growth in road traffic will also have the effect of raising the proportion of traffic facing congestion and delays.
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For more official statistics about transport in the UK, please go to Gov.uk