Skip to main content

Transport: Costs

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the percentage change in real terms of the cost of travelling by (a) private car, (b) bus and (c) train since (i) 1977, (ii) 1987 and (iii) 1997. (150423)

The following table shows the percentage change in real terms of the cost of travelling by car, bus and train since 1977, 1987 and 1997 compared to 2006.

(i) 1977-2006

(ii) 1987-2006

(iii) 1997-2006

(a) Private car

-10

-7

-10

(b) Bus

+55

+29

+13

(c) Train

+52

+28

+6

Source: Retail Price Index—Office for National Statistics.

Comparisons with average household disposable incomes are as follows: between 1977 and 2006, average household disposable income increased by 125 per cent.; between 1987 and 2006, average household disposable income increased by 70 per cent.; and between 1997 and 2006, average household disposable income increased by 25 per cent.