Price of car travel and domestic flights fell in past decade – cost of bus, coach and rail travel rose
Caroline Lucas, the Green Party MP for Brighton, Pavilion, asked Robert Goodwill, the Secretary of State for Transport , about the costs of different modes of transport within the UK. She asked, in a Parliamentary question, about the % change in real terms of the cost to the traveller of travelling by (a) private car, (b) bus, (c) train and (d) domestic aeroplane since (i) 1980, (ii) 1997 and (iii) 2010. Mr Goodwill’s response was that between 1980 and 2013 the real cost of motoring, including the purchase of a vehicle, fell by 12%. In that time, the price of bus and coach fares rose by 59%. Between 1980 and 2013 the price of rail fares rose by 62% in real terms. Between 1997 and 2013 the cost of motoring fell by 9%. The cost of bus and coach travel rose by 28%. The cost or rail travel rose by 22% in real terms between 1997 and 2013. But by contrast, though not all the figures were available, the cost of domestic flights fell by 43% between 2000 and 2013. It has to be asked how the “greenest government ever” has done little to promote or encourage lower carbon forms of travel against higher carbon options.
From They Work For You
Robert Goodwill (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport); Scarborough and Whitby, Conservative)
Data from the independent ONS suggests that:
(i) Car, bus and coach – 1980 – 2013
Between 1980 and 2013 the real cost of motoring, including the purchase of a vehicle, declined by 12%, bus and coach fares increased by 59% and rail fares increased by 62% in real terms.
(ii) Car, bus and coach – 1997 – 2013
Between 1997 and 2013 the real cost of motoring, including the purchase of a vehicle, declined by 9%, bus and coach fares increased by 28% and rail fares increased by 22% in real terms.
(iii) Car, bus and coach 2010 – 2013
Between 2010 and 2013 the real cost of motoring, including the purchase of a vehicle, decreased by 2%, bus and coach fares increased by 3% and rail fares increased by 5% in real terms.
(iv) Domestic flight
The costs of travelling by air are not available from ONS data. However information is available based on fare data from the Civil Aviation Authority.
The real cost of the average UK one-way air fare, including taxes and charges, covering domestic flights from 2000 to 2013 declined by 43% and from 2010 to 2013 declined by 3%. Estimates are not available on a comparable basis before 2000.