New figures emerge on household “transport poverty”

A new analysis by the Office for National Statistics of household transport costs has shown that some 2.25 million households spend more than 25 per cent of their income on travel.

The figures, for 2009/10, emerged following a parliamentary question by Lilian Greenwood, MP for Nottingham South.

Transport costs included expenditure such as purchase of vehicles, spares and accessories, fuel, servicing and other motoring expenses, train, bus and coach tickets, air fares, taxis and other transport costs.

When the cost of buying vehicles was taken out of the equation, there were still just over one million households spending more than 25 per cent of their income on transport.

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