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29/10/2019

Study probes how access to transport affects lives

Words: Huw Morris
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Nearly a third of the population do not have access to a car and rely on public transport or other modes to support their lives, according to research published by the Department for Transport.

The study by the NatCen Social Research and the University of the West of England into how access to transport affects lives found that 69 per cent of people have personal access to cars.

The lack of personal car access is most common among young adults, ethnic minorities, people with mobility impairments, the unemployed, and those on low incomes.

Personal car access makes it 3.8 times more likely that someone is employed, a factor of greater importance for men than women and for people living outside London and metropolitan areas.

Good public transport makes it three times more likely that someone is able to access services such as healthcare, shops and learning facilities. Short trips by public transport to town centres – judged as 10 minutes or less – make it 1.7 times more likely that people can access services compared with journeys of more than 30 minutes.

People are also less likely to feel strain or suffer from poor mental health if they have access to good public transport.

Read the report Access to Transport and Life Opportunities.

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