Census reveals changes in Londoners’ commutes

New research shows that while more people have jobs in London, far fewer drive to work, standard.co.uk reports.

Information released from the 2011 census reveals that the number of people working in London has increased by 20 per cent in the last decade – that’s the equivalent of an additional 680,000 workers.

However, there has been a marked change in the way that people travel to work, chiefly due to the introduction of the congestion charge in 2003. Those with London jobs are now less likely to drive themselves to the workplace; in fact, the data shows that 62,000 people have swapped their own car for the delights of public transport since 2001.

Of the four million people who work in the capital, 1.1 million (or 28 per cent) use their own transport to reach their workplace, which represents a decline of 7.2 per cent.

The congestion charge isn’t solely to blame for the beneficial decline of cars in London. There has been an increase in the number of workers that cycle to the office, plus investment into public transport – including the launch of the Oyster card – has seen greater numbers using the train, Tube and light railway. A third of people commute via these means, while 14 per cent take the bus.

Technological innovations have also impacted travel. The Census found that 203,000 Londoners now regularly work from home.  

Outside London, Cambridge, Oxford, the Isles of Scilly and Brighton were found to be the regions with the lowest proportion of car-driving workers, theargus.co.uk writes.

by Elizabeth Smythe on February 15, 2013

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