Travel Costs

Transport written question – answered on 24th February 2005.

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Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker Liberal Democrat, Lewes

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the change in the relative costs of travelling by (a) car, (b) train and (c) bus has been in each year since 1975, taking 1975 as a base figure of 100, and discounting inflation.

Photo of Charlotte Atkins Charlotte Atkins Assistant Whip, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

holding answer 21 February 2005

The following table shows the information requested on real changes in the cost of transport as indices based on 1975 = 100.

All motoring(6) Rail fares Bus fares
1975 100.0 100.0 100.0
1976 97.0 113.8 109.6
1977 95.7 114.5 108.9
1978 95.5 120.8 113.9
1979 99.6 117.9 112.9
1980 99.5 124.2 121.1
1981 99.5 126.9 119.8
1982 96.8 134.1 127.1
1983 98.9 135.1 128.5
1984 96.5 130.0 125.2
1985 95.3 130.4 122.9
1986 90.8 134.6 128.9
1987 92.2 135.9 131.0
1988 91.9 138.5 133.6
1989 89.9 140.2 133.6
1990 87.1 139.3 128.8
1991 88.5 145.4 138.8
1992 91.1 150.4 143.2
1993 93.5 158.4 147.2
1994 94.4 161.5 147.4
1995 93.0 163.1 147.8
1996 93.5 165.1 149.6
1997 95.4 163.8 150.3
1998 95.2 164.9 150.0
1999 96.0 168.3 153.1
2000 96.8 166.3 154.8
2001 94.6 169.7 158.4
2002 92.3 170.7 160.7
2003 90.9 168.8 162.6
2004 89.1 170.2 166.0

(6) "All motoring" includes the cost of purchase, maintenance, fuel tax and insurance.

Note:

The overall cost of motoring has fallen in real terms by 11 per cent. between 1975 and 2004. Over the same period, rail fares and bus fares have risen by 70 per cent. and 66 per cent. respectively.

Source:

Retail Prices Index, Office for National Statistics

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