Distances travelled to work
According to Census 2011, the highest proportion (20%) of Herefordshire’s residents travel less than 2km to work, which is a higher proportion than the West Midlands region (16%) and England (both 17%). Another noticeable difference is the proportion of people working from home; again Herefordshire has a higher proportion (17%) than the West Midlands and England (both 10%). At the other end of the distance travelled scale, Herefordshire also has slightly higher proportions (4%) travelling 60km and over, compared to England and the West Midlands (3%).
Mode of travel to work
Information about people’s usual method of travel to work was obtained from the 2011 Census.
The vast majority of residents who have to travel to get to work do so by driving a car or a van (70%). The next greatest proportions were for those walking to work (15%) or as a passenger in a care or van (6%). Herefordshire has a greater proportion of people travelling to work by car or van or on foot than England and Wales, but smaller proportions by bus, train, underground or metro.
Looking at the change in proportion of people travelling by each mode (see chart below), Driving by car or van and walking saw the greatest percentage point increase over the decade 2001-2011, whilst bus, minibus or coach saw the greatest decrease. Cycling or travelling as a passenger in a car or van also decreased.
The decline in cycling to work over the decade hides a trend of increasing cycle trips up to 2008-09 and then decline, possibly driven by the recession and some years with poor weather. Despite this trend Herefordshire has one of the highest rates of cycling to work compared to similar rural authorities (ranked sixth out of 48) and Hereford City ranks highly against urban districts of a similar size (ranked fifth out of 59).
Last updated: Monday, April 30, 2018