Northern Ireland

Access to transport

Key points

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Graph 1: Cars by family type

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Graph 2: Cars by local authority

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Definitions and data sources

The ability to travel is an important element of access, which is in a sense the opposite of social exclusion.  Almost all jobs require some form of travel, whether to and from work or at work itself.  Transport is also needed to access services such as schools and hospitals.  In rural areas in particular, lack of access to transport can have a major detrimental effect on the quality of a person's life.

The first graph shows the proportion of households who do not have access to either a car or van, with the data shown separately for each major type of household.

The second graph shows the proportion of households in each local authority without a car, against the proportion of working-age adults in each local authority where at least one person in the household drives to work.

The data source for both graphs is the 2001 Census (tables S062 and S118).

Overall adequacy of this indicator: limited.  Ideally, this indicator would cover all aspects of transport rather than juts cars.  Furthermore, the need for a car, either to get to work or for other purposes, will depend on a household's circumstances, including where they live.

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