This report presents information about the changing pattern of the work-journey in Britain. Since 1950 a number of studies have been made of various aspects of the work-journey including modal split, spatial distribution of residences and workplaces and broad patterns of movement. These studies are reviewed briefly in this report. The information obtained from the literature review is supplemented with 1975/76 National Travel Survey data giving modal split, journey length and time for different socioeconomic groups. The main findings from the review and the survey data include: An increase in the use of cars as the principal mode of travel to work and a coresponding decline in the use of public transport; An increase in average length for the work-journey at the annual rate of 1 per cent between 1921 and 1966; Residential locations of car users are more widely distributed than those of public transport users; A progressive outward shift of residences from inner areas to conurbation peripheries with an attendant increase in in-commuting; An increase in out-commuting by residents of conurbations and conurbation centres; Residents in inner areas make shorter trips than residents in outer areas; and Workplaces in inner areas attract longer work-journeys than workplaces in peripheral areas. /Author/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)

    Wokingham, Berkshire  United Kingdom 
  • Authors:
    • Das, M
  • Publication Date: 1978


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00188207
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Lab. Report 849
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 28 1981 12:00AM