Travel, Transport and Tourism

Our Travel, Transport and Tourism domain oversees the regulation of statistics on all modes of travel and transport, transport infrastructure and tourism.

Official statistics in this area include: travel patterns and distances travelled using various modes of transport; the use of private and public transport; and international visits to the UK.

Travel, transport and tourism statistics are produced at a UK-level, for example by the Department for Transport, the Office for National Statistics and the Office for Rail and Road, and at a regional level, for example by the devolved nations.

The statistics are used to inform planning and resource allocations by government, including the devolved administrations, local government, business, and third sector organisations. They are also used by government, the media, charities and other third sector organisations to monitor the success of government policies and targets, for example in the case of road safety statistics.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on Travel, Transport and Tourism, not just in terms of how we use transport in our daily lives individually, but also in terms of how statistics on the topic are produced. For example, the face-to-face International Passenger Survey, usually carried out at airports, was suspended, and producers have had to adapt quickly to find new ways to collect data. The Department for Transport (DfT) began producing statistics to show levels of transport during the pandemic, and these were presented by the Government during daily updates. We endorsed DfT’s approach in a Rapid Review we carried out in May.

Our priority for 2020/21 is to continue to monitor developments in inbound tourism and rail passenger satisfaction statistics, with the aim of improving the value of these statistics for users and highlighting data gaps where they exist.

We will assess travel and transport statistics produced by the Office of Rail and Road, with a particular focus on value for users and quality management. We will work to develop our links with users of travel and transport statistics to understand how their needs should inform our priorities.

Contact our regulators for this domain Anna Price, Mary Cowan and Sarah Kilday for more information.

Planned Work

ProjectGeographyProject TypeTimescale
Station Usage statistics (Office for Rail Regulation)Great BritainAssessmentApril-September 2020

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