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RURAL COMMUNITY TRANSPORT SURVEY ANALYSIS of SURVEY FINDINGS. Inverness & Nairn Transport Forum aided by Lèirsinn Research Centre Sabhal Mòr Ostaig MAY 2006. Slide Contents. Survey Respondents (slide 3 to slide 5) Journeys made within the Survey Area (slide 6 to slide 10)

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Rural community transport survey analysis of survey findings

RURAL COMMUNITY TRANSPORT SURVEY ANALYSIS of SURVEY FINDINGS

Inverness & Nairn

Transport Forum aided by

Lèirsinn Research Centre

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig

MAY 2006


Slide contents
Slide Contents

  • Survey Respondents

    • (slide 3 to slide 5)

  • Journeys made within the Survey Area

    • (slide 6 to slide 10)

  • Using Local Public Transport

    • (slide 11 to slide 14)

  • Opinions of Local Public Transport

    • (slide 15 to slide 18)

  • Experience of Key Population Groups

    • (slide 19 to slide 22)

  • Potential Future Use of Local Public Transport

    • (slide 23 to slide 26)

  • Key Points

    • (slide 27)


  • The survey respondents
    The Survey Respondents

    • 1190 households completed and returned a questionnaire, representing a response rate of 32 % from the 3740 initially distributed.

    • The survey towns and villages have been grouped into 3 “zones”:

      • Beauly, Kirkhill and Kiltarlity

        covering the Beauly, Kirkhill and Kiltarlity area

      • A82 Loch Ness-side Corridor

        covering Drumnadrochit, Invermoriston and Fort Augustus

      • The Cannich Area

        covering households in and around Cannich


    Survey respondents location
    Survey Respondents: Location

    Beauly, Kirkhill and Kiltarlity area households represented just over half (54 %) of the overall response.

    Two in every five (39 %) questionnaires came from households on the A82 Loch Ness-side corridor.

    The remaining 7 % came from households in the Cannich area.


    Survey respondents profile
    Survey Respondents: Profile

    • 55 % of households contained adults in full time employment

    • 41 % of households contained those who had retired

    • 29 % of households contained children (aged 16 or under)

    • 7 % with transport restricting disability

    • 89 % of households had at least one private car

    • 40 % owned two or more cars

    • 11 % of households had no private transport

    • 58 % lived within a mile of a town or village

    • 24 % of households were more than 5 minutes (300 yards) from a public road


    Accessing local facilities mode of transport
    Accessing Local Facilities – Mode of Transport

    • Individuals from 4 in every 5 car-owning households (80 %) used their car to access local facilities

    • 53 % walked and 18 % indicated that they cycled

    • Only 10 % of car-owning households used the bus locally

    • For households with no car, 69 % would walk to local facilities

    • 21 % would use a car as a passenger

    • 19 % used their local bus

    • 11 % cycled


    Journeys made at least once a week beauly kirkhill kiltarlity area residents
    Journeys Made at Least Once a Week – Beauly,Kirkhill & Kiltarlity Area Residents

    • Inverness (85 % of households) for shopping, work, leisure and health

    • Beauly (65 %) for shopping, health and leisure

    • Dingwall (17 %) for shopping

    • Drumnadrochit (6 %) for leisure and work

    • Cannich (2 %) for leisure and work

    • Fort Augustus (1 %) for work

    • Invermoriston (1 %) for work

    • Fort William (1 %) for shopping and leisure


    Journeys made at least once a week a82 loch ness side residents
    Journeys Made at Least Once a Week – A82 Loch Ness-side Residents

    • Inverness (78 % of households) for shopping, work, health, leisure and education

    • Drumnadrochit (49 %) for shopping, health, education, work and leisure

    • Fort Augustus (19 %) for leisure and shopping

    • Invermoriston (13 %) for leisure and work

    • Beauly (9 %) for shopping, leisure and work

    • Cannich (4 %) for leisure

    • Fort William (4 %) for shopping, leisure and work

    • Dingwall (2 %)


    Journeys made at least once a week cannich area residents
    Journeys Made at Least Once a Week – Cannich Area Residents

    • Inverness (78 % of households) for shopping, work, leisure, health and education

    • Cannich (51 %) shopping, leisure, work, health and education

    • Drumnadrochit (44 %) for shopping, education, health and leisure

    • Beauly (41 %) for for shopping, health, leisure and work

    • Dingwall (8 %) for shopping and work

    • Fort William (1 %) for leisure and work

    • Fort Augustus (1 %) for leisure and work

    • Invermoriston (0 %)


    Journeys to inverness from all survey areas
    Journeys to INVERNESS from All Survey Areas

    Inverness was by far the most frequently visited place from households across the survey area.

    • Individuals from 82 per cent of households travelled to Inverness at least once-a-week:

      • Shopping was the primary reason for going to Inverness (cited by 86 %)

      • 40 % travelled to the Highland Capital for work,

      • 38 % visited for leisure reasons

      • 21 % go to Inverness for Health care


    Using local public transport beauly kirkhill kiltarlity area residents
    Using Local Public Transport – Beauly,Kirkhill & Kiltarlity Area Residents

    • Bus was the most frequent form of public transport used, with 45 % of households having used this mode of transport, primarily for travel to Inverness

    • Beauly residents were more likely to have a positive opinion of local public transport

    • Almost half (47 %) of those living within one mile of Beauly used the Train to get to Inverness

    • In the wider area over one in five (22 %) had used the train to get to Inverness


    Beauly railway station issues
    Beauly Railway Station Issues

    • Half (50 %) of respondents living in the Beauly Kirkhill and Kiltarlity Areas were at least fairly familiar with the Train timetable

    • Over a-third (37 %) of respondents living in the area stated that a lack of public transport prevented them from using Beauly railway station, particularly those living in the Kiltarlity area

    • The large majority were not put off using the station due to perceived lack of safety features. However, 38 individuals (or 6 %) said that they or members of their household were put off by not feeling safe after dark walking to and from the station

    • Around 30 respondents indicated that they, or members of their household were discouraged from using the stationbecause of the lack of disabled facilities


    Using local public transport the a82 loch ness side residents
    Using Local Public Transport – The A82 Loch Ness-side Residents

    Bus was the most frequent form of public transport used:

    • About one in three (32 %) of those living along the A82 corridor had used the bus, with most citing Inverness as their destination

    • About one in twenty households (5 %) in this area had used the bus to get to Fort William

    • Under half (43 %) of those responding to this question indicated that they or other members of their household were prevented from making use of the Fort William to Inverness bus service due to the timetabling


    Using local public transport cannich area residents
    Using Local Public Transport – Cannich Area Residents

    • Those living in the Cannich area were the least reliant on public transport, although people from one in every four (25 %) households had used the bus, mainly to travel to Inverness

    • Over half (56 %) of those households in and around Cannich indicated that they were aware of the Glen Affric community bus

    • However, only 14 respondents (18 %) indicated that they or other members of their household had ever used this service

    • The Cannich area residents were more likely to consider alternative forms of transport, such as car-share and volunteer drivers, to meet their future needs


    Opinion of local public transport all survey areas
    Opinion of Local Public Transport – All Survey Areas

    • Four in every 10 questionnaire respondents indicated that their household was of the opinion that local public transport was poor or very poor

    • Half (51 %) of the households with no car indicated that they often found it difficult to get around

    • Similarly, the large majority (84 %) of households with only one car had experienced difficulty in meeting the travel needs of other family members when that car was used for work

    • Approximately one in every eight (12 %) respondents, particularly those households with children and young adults, had experienced difficulties with transport to events such as sports clubs and informal meetings with friends


    Primary reason for not using public transport
    Primary Reason for Not Using Public Transport

    Three quarters (74%) of car-owning households surveyed do not use public transport because they always use their private car


    Key reasons for not using bus
    Key Reasons for Not Using Bus

    • Although the majority of respondents were at least fairly familiar with their local bus timetable, the key reasons for not using the bus were lack of convenience and cost:

    • One-third of survey respondents felt that the timetable was not convenient

    • One-quarter thought that fares were too expensive


    Reasons for not using train beauly kirkhill and kiltarlity area households only
    Reasons for Not Using Train(Beauly Kirkhill and Kiltarlity Area Households only)

    • Key reasons for not using the train were distance to the station and unsuitable timetabling:

    • One in every four respondents indicated that the station was too far away from their household

    • One in every five respondents felt that the timetable was inconvenient


    Transport experience of households with children aged 16 and under
    Transport Experience of Households with Children Aged 16 and Under

    Households with children aged 16 and under were more likely to:

    • Own a car and use it, as opposed to using public transport

    • Use local amenities like community centres and sport/leisure facilities

    • Walk and cycle to local facilities

    • Have a negative opinion of local public transport

    • Be dissatisfied with bus schedules and fares

    • Be dissatisfied with the lack of public transport to Beauly Station

    • Experience difficulty in getting to events

    • Consider using public transport if a better service was available


    Transport experience of households with no car
    Transport Experience of Households with NO car

    Households with no private car were more likely to:

    • Live within a mile of a town or a village

    • Walk or use the bus to get to local facilities

    • Use buses, hospital transport and taxis

    • Have a positive attitude to public transport

    • Be less critical of the cost, schedules and routes of buses

    • Consider using buses more if a more convenient service was available


    Transport experience of households with people with transport restricting disabilities
    Transport Experience of Households with People with Transport Restricting Disabilities

    Households with individuals who had transport restricting disabilities were more likely to:

    • Not have a car

    • Experience travel difficulties when no car available

    • Use buses to access local facilities

    • Cite distance to nearest bus stop as off putting factor

    • Not use public transport because of the lack of disabled facilities on buses and trains

    • Be restricted by the lack of facilities at, and safety around, Beauly station

    • Make use of hospital transport and taxis


    Transport experience of households with retired people
    Transport Experience of Households with Retired People

    Households with individuals who had retired were more likely to:

    • Travel less, generally

    • Have a positive attitude to public transport

    • Accept the scheduling and cost of buses

    • Use buses

    • Use hospital transport

    • Have a transport restricting disability


    Potential use of public transport beauly kirkhill kiltarlity residents
    Potential Use of Public Transport – Beauly, Kirkhill & Kiltarlity Residents

    Beauly, Kirkhill and Kiltarlity area residents, if better public transport was available, would make more journeys to:

    • Inverness (44 % of households)

    • Beauly (27 %)

    • Dingwall (7 %)

    • Drumnadrochit (7%)

      Beauly Kirkhill and Kiltarlity area residents would make use of:

      Commercial Bus service (52 % of households)

      Train (45 %)


    Potential use of public transport a82 loch ness side residents
    Potential Use of Public Transport – A82 Loch Ness Side Residents

    A82 Loch Ness side residents, if better public transport

    was available, would make more journeys to:

    • Inverness (52 % of households)

    • Beauly (22 %)

    • Drumnadrochit (12 %)

    • Dingwall (2 %)

    • Fort William (2 %)

    A82 Loch Ness Side residents would make use of:

    Commercial Bus service (61 %)

    Community Mini Bus (36 %)


    Potential use of public transport cannich area residents
    Potential Use of Public Transport– Cannich Area Residents

    Cannich Area residents, if better public transport were available, would make more journeys to:

    • Inverness (50 % of households)

    • Beauly (41 %)

    • Drumnadrochit (14 %)

    • Dingwall (6 %)

    Cannich Area residents would make use of:

    Commercial Bus service (50 %)

    Community Mini Bus (43 %)


    Respondents choice of possible alternative transport
    Respondents Choice of Possible Alternative Transport:

    • Community Mini Bus - Cited by 31 % of survey respondents, including a significantly high proportion of those living more than a mile away from their nearest village or town, those in the Cannich Area and households with under 17 aged children

    • Dial-a-ride Taxi/Bus – Cited by 13 % of survey respondents, including a significantly high proportion of those with transport restricting disabilities

    • Car-share – Cited by 8 % of survey respondents, including a significantly high proportion of those in full-time employment, families and those living in the Cannich area

    • Taxi-share – Cited by 6 % of survey respondents, including a significantly high proportion of those with transport restricting disabilities

    • Car driven by volunteer - Cited by 5 % of survey respondents, including a significantly high proportion of those with transport restricting disabilities, of households with no one in full-time employment and and those living in the Cannich area

    • Moped loan – Cited by 2 % of survey respondents, mainly by household holds with children, young adults and those in full-time employment


    Key findings
    KEY FINDINGS

    • Most households have private cars

    • More have a negative attitude to public transport than a positive attitude

    • Most of those without their own private transport have experienced travel difficulties

    • However, those who regularly use public transport tend to have a more positive attitude to it than those who always use their cars

    • The majority of respondents, including car owners, WOULD use public transport more if a more convenient service was available