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Why we didn't travel

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Seven out of ten people (71%) made a journey on the travel reference day in 2013. The vast majority of people who didn't travel had no wish or need to travel or were fully occupied with home duties (63.4%). A further 8.6% were suffering from a short term illness, while approximately 8% chose not to travel due to weather conditions.

Reasons for not travelling, 2013
No wish
to travel/
fully occupied
63.4
The weather7.9
Short term
illness
8.6
Other13.3
Long term illness /
mobility impairment
6.8
Show Table: 6.1 Reasons for not travelling, 2012 and 2013

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Males were more likely not to have travelled due to having no wish or need to travel or being fully occupied with home duties, with 64.1% of males choosing not to travel for that reason. The corresponding figure for females was 62.8%. Females were more likely not to have made any journeys due to short term illness (9.8%) or long term illness/physical impairment (7.6%).

X-axis labelMaleFemaleTotal
Had no wish or need to travel / fully occupied with home duties64.162.863.4
Short term illness7.49.88.6
Long term illness / mobility impairment67.66.8
Lack of access to transport or cost or poor weather1210.411.2
Other10.59.410
Show Table: 6.2: Reasons for not travelling by gender, 2012 and 2013

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Table 6.3 shows the percentage distribution of persons travelling and not travelling by degree of urbanisation.

Table 6.3: Percentage distribution of persons travelling and not travelling by degree of urbanisation, 2012 and 2013
      
AreaTravelled Did not travel
20122013 20122013
 %% %%
      
Densely populated area73.771.3 26.328.7
Intermediate density area72.566.7 27.533.3
Thinly populated area72.468.1 27.631.9
    
All areas73.271.0 26.829.0
      

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