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Transport Trends - 1428/3940
Written by Lee on Thursday, 15th February 2007

The Department for Transport has today published the ninth edition of Transport Trends (link below.)

Re: Transport Trends - 1428/3941
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 15th February 2007

From the figures just published by the Department for Transport

Deaths per billion passenger kms in 2005

98.0 - motor cyclists
52.0 - pedestrians
50.0 - pedal cyclists
2.6 - car occupants
0.7 - van occupants
0.4 - rail passengers
0.3 - bus and coach passengers
0.1 - air passenger

Re: Transport Trends - 1428/3942
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 15th February 2007

The average annual distance travelled per person by car in 2005 was 5,746 miles, very similar to  the 1995/97 figure.

Over the same period, the average annual distance walked fell very slightly, from 200 to 197  miles per year, and distance travelled by bicycle or motorcycle fell by 9 per cent, from 78 to 71  miles per year.

Distance travelled by local bus increased from 268 to 280 miles a year (an increase of 4 per  cent) between 1995/97 and 2005. The distance travelled by rail increased by 39 per cent from  380 to 528 miles a year.


Since 1980, the number of journeys made by national rail has gone up by 42 per cent, from 760  million to 1,082 million.  It fluctuated, in line with the economic cycle, during the 1980s and  early 1990s, but has risen sharply since 1995/96. Journeys increased by 3.5 per cent between  2004/05 and 2005/06.

Passenger kilometres travelled by national rail reflect passenger journeys and have increased by  43 per cent since 1980, from 30 billion to 43 billion passenger kilometres in 2005/06. The effects of the Hatfield crash in October 2000 briefly caused an interruption in this trend, but    usage has increased again since then. 


The average age overall for rolling stock in 2005/06 is 13 years compared with 15 years in  2004/05 and 21 years in 2000/01. 


The Government has a target to reduce overcrowding on London commuter services by 2010.  Overcrowding during the morning and evening peaks is monitored, in terms of Passengers In  Excess of Capacity (PIXC). This is the proportion of passengers on trains in excess of the seat  capacity for longer distance services, and with an allowance for standing passengers on shorter  journeys of less than 20 minutes. There are limits on the level of acceptable PIXC at 4.5 per cent  on one peak and 3.0 per cent across both peaks. The train operating companies conduct an      annual autumn count.

The PIXC measure fell in the early 1990s but increased from 1996, particularly in the morning  peak. In 2000 and 2001, the am peak figure exceeded 4.5 per cent but has since fallen. In 2005,  the excess was 4.0 in the morning peak and 1.6 in the evening peak - an average of 2.9 across  both peaks. The greatest overcrowding occurs in the morning peaks, and the highest levels of  overcrowding in 2005 were in trains by South West Trains at 6.2 per cent, First Great Western  Link and Thameslink, both at 5.6 per cent. Silverlink trains in the evening peak were at a level  of 5.8 per cent.  Last year, Southern had the highest level over overcrowding at 7.8 per cent in  the morning peak.

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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.

Most big contributors are still around writing at the Coffee shop forum where new members are very welcome.

The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.

We mustn't loose sight, though, that the train service remains poor and needs our community support in marketing and campaigning to keep it going in a positive direction ... and all the more so when we're expecting to find a different normallity once we get out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and head for zero carbon via the climate crisis. Yes, it's saved ... it's now a key community facility ... the need for enhancement and the strong and near-universal local support remain, and the rail industry and goverment remain slow to move and provide the enhancements even to level us up with other towns. Please support the Melksham Rail User Group - now very much in partnership rather than protest with the rail industry and local government, including GWR, TransWilts and unitary and town councils. And please use the trains and buses, and cycle and walk when you can.

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