Commuters travelling further to work….

3rd April 2014

A recent release of 2011 Census data is now available looking at the distance travelled and method of transport used by2011 census residents in Warwickshire to get to work. The data sheds light on current travel patterns and can also be used to identify changes in travel patterns since the last census in 2001.

More people are travelling further to work….

The data suggests a general trend towards longer journeys to work. The number of people making journeys over 30km increased by some 30% from 18,950 in 2001 to 24,605 in 2011. 

Stratford-on-Avon remains the district with the highest proportion and number of commuters travelling over 30km to work. The district did not record any proportional increase in commuters travelling this distance but in absolute terms almost 7000 people (up 850 people on 2001) now report travelling over 30km to work on a regular basis.

Number of commuters travelling over 30km to work 2001 – 2011

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Source: 2011 Census


Rugby and Warwick District have seen the biggest proportional increases in the number of people making regular commutes of over 30 km. Rugby District saw a rise of almost 50% in the number of people making journeys over 30km; just over 5,000 workers in 2011 record routinely travelling over 30km. In Warwick, there has been a 37% rise in the number people now travelling over 30km, translating into around 5,500 people regularly travelling this distance.

At the other end of the journey spectrum, the proportion of people making journeys of less than 2km went down from 20% in 2001 to 16% in 2011.

Car is most popular mode of travel for journeys under 2 kilometers….

Also of interest in the newly available census data is the method of transport data set which gives information on how people travel to work.

In Warwickshire, 65% of regular commuter journeys are done by car. This rises to 88% for journeys between 20-30km. Almost 20% of journeys over 60km are by train.

Overall, 2% of all work journeys are by bicycle rising to 6% of journeys less than 2km. The following table shows how people travel to work in Warwickshire for quite short journeys of less than 2km.

mode table


*May not sum due to rounding

Source: 2011 Census, 2014

The interesting feature of the data is that even with the shortest commuter distances, the single largest mode of travel is by car; 43% of journeys of less than 2km are done so by car. This is significant because these journeys are likely to be the most likely to offer potential for switching to other more sustainable modes of travel.

The above highlights some of the newly available 2011 census data on the topic of travel to work. This data is available from the Nomis website and can be cross referenced with other census variables like age, sex, occupation and industry.

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