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Commuters: Tees Valley

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the number of people who travel to work each day by (a) public transport and (b) private transport within and to the sub-region of the Tees Valley. (149964)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 17 July 2007:

As National Statistician and Registrar General for England and Wales I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what recent estimate has been made of how many people travel to work each day by (a) public transport and (b) private transport within and to the sub-region of the Tees Valley. (149964)

The number of people using public transport to travel to work to and within the Tees Valley area was 26,557, while those using private transport total 185,515.

Figures are as at 2001 Census Day (29 April 2001) and are extracted from 2001 Census table T10—Theme table on resident, daytime and workplace population.

As “Tees Valley” is not a standard ONS geography, we have taken it to include the Unitary Authorities of:

Darlington

Hartlepool

Middlesbrough

Redcar and Cleveland and

Stockton-on-Tees

The public transport category includes: underground, metro, light rail, tram, train, bus, minibus, coach, taxi or minicab. Private transport includes: car or van driver, passenger in car or van, motorcycle, scooter or moped and bicycle

820 people gave their mode of travel to work as “Other”—this might include, for example, ferry, aeroplane etc.