People make approximately 1.5 million trips every day travelling within and to and from Cardiff (over 25% of trips in the South East Wales Region), with large numbers of journeys coming from the neighbouring local authorities such as the Vale of Glamorgan, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Caerphilly. 80% of inbound commuter movements are by car.
Travel within the city is one of the most important issues for Cardiff’s citizens. Over 60% felt that travel and transport problems in Cardiff are serious or very serious.
Transport in Cardiff is currently dominated by private car journeys. The 2011 census showed that more people travelled to work by car or van than in any other Core City. A relatively small percentage of commuters used buses or trains for their journey to work. However, Cardiff compared better to the other ‘Core Cities’ in terms of the percentage of people cycling and working.
As 57% of Cardiff residents travel less than 5km, there is a realistic opportunity for more journeys to be undertaken by active modes. There is also an increasingly positive picture from more recent data collected by the City of Cardiff Council. In 2016, 11.5% of people reported using the train to get to work on 5 days a week, 12% use a bus five times a week and nearly one in five walk to work every day.
Encouraging people to use public transport, especially for short regular journeys such as a commute, will reduce both carbon and N02 emissions as well as creating other beneficial environmental impacts, improve people’s health and will support the city’s economy.