air-pollution-hearts_15311New transport statistics from Transport Scotland show road blocks to clean air and healthy places. The new statistics show that the bus sector is in crisis, and the car continues to be king on our roads.

Key points from the report are (all stats are for 2015):

  • kilometres driven in cars has increased by 3.2% over the last five years
  • the number of bus journeys has dropped by 5% in the last 5 years, declining almost 2% over the last year.
  • 66% of journeys to work were made by car, despite 30% of households not having access to a car.
  • 1.4% of cars are pure electric vehicles, with a further 3.4% hybrid electric.
  • both cycling and train travel showed strong increases over the last five years.  31%  of journeys to work were made by active travel or public transport, the same as in 2004. Just 2.2% of journeys to work were made by bike.
  • 12.3% journeys were delayed by congestion

Commenting on the statistics, Emilia Hanna, Air Pollution Campaigner for Friends of the Earth Scotland said:

“Year after year cars increasingly dominate our transport choices, causing deadly air pollution, climate change emissions, levels of congestion that are choking our urban centres, and forcing the significant chunk of society that does not have access to a car into massive disadvantage.”

Read the full Friends of the Earth Scotland press release here.