Record numbers commuting by car
16.7 million people in England and Wales travel to work by car or van. This is 62.7% of the employed population aged 16-74.
Reliance on the car is highest in rural areas (73.4%) but is also significant in urban areas outside London (67.1%). Even in the capital 29.8% of workers drive or take a lift.
The numbers are revealed in an RAC Foundation report – The Car and the Commute – which takes 2011 Census data and compares it against land use type.