General Article Public attitudes towards road congestion

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This report discusses the combined results for questions included in the Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) Opinions Omnibus Survey, and covers the following issues:

  • patterns and frequency of road use;
  • attitudes towards road congestion;
  • effectiveness and fairness of alternative road charging schemes.

Patterns and frequency of road use

  • The vast majority of car drivers, 88 per cent, said they used their car at least twice a week, with most of these saying they drove every day. Only 24 per cent of bus passengers reported that they travelled by bus with this frequency.
  • Motorway travel amongst car drivers is much less frequent, however, with less than one in five drivers saying they used these roads at least twice a week. Almost a quarter said they used motorways less than twice a year.
  • Adults’ most frequent journeys occur mostly during ‘peak’ periods. As expected, this pattern is more pronounced for commuting journeys but smaller ‘peaks’ are still evident for other perso...

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