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Travel: Costs

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 3443, tabled on 22 June 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the percentage change in real terms of the cost to the traveller of travelling by (a) private car, (b) bus, (c) train and (d) domestic aeroplane since (i) 1980, (ii) 1997 and (iii) 2010.

Answered on

29 June 2015

The Department for Transport published statistics on travel costs, based on data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), in the Transport Statistics Great Britain compendium.

Data from the independent ONS suggests that:

(i) Between 1980 and 2014

a) the real cost of motoring, including the purchase of a vehicle, declined by 14%,

b) bus and coach fares increased by 58% and

c) rail fares increased by 63% in real terms.

(ii) Between 1997 and 2014

a) the real cost of motoring, including the purchase of a vehicle, declined by 11%,

b) bus and coach fares increased by 27% and

c) rail fares increased by 24% in real terms.

(iii) Between 2010 and 2014

a) the real cost of motoring, including the purchase of a vehicle, decreased by 5%,

b) bus and coach fares increased by 2% and

c) rail fares increased by 6% in real terms.

(d) The costs of travelling by air are not available from ONS data.  However information is available based on fare data from the Civil Aviation Authority from 2000. The real cost of the average UK one-way air fare, including taxes and charges, covering domestic flights from 2010 to 2013 declined by 4%. Estimates for 2014 are not yet available.