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2008 Core Accessibility Indicators

The Department for Transport has published statistics on the Core Accessibility Indicators for 2008.

The Indicators provide a number of measures of accessibility by public transport, walking, cycling and car to seven service types: primary schools, secondary schools, further education, GPs, hospitals, food stores and employment. With the exception of further education, indicators have also been produced for an 'at-risk' sub-group of the population.

Further information about the indicators can be found in the guidance note, technical report and addendum report, available from the DfT Transport Statistics website.

The core indicators have been calculated to help Local Authorities develop their evidence base for their accessibility strategies and in support of two of the 188 National Indicators for Local Authorities (NI175 - Access to Services and NI 176 - Access to Employment). Using nationally consistent datasets gives Local Authorities a picture of journey-time barriers to accessibility, allows comparison with other authorities and gives those who decide that accessibility should be one of their 35 National Indicator targets a baseline against which to set those targets.

The indicators will be released as a series of detailed worksheets available from the DfT Transport Statistics website, for England at Local Authority level and lower super output area level.


1. The Department for Transport previously published 2007 Core Accessibility Indicators in May 2008. We are releasing a revised set of indicators for 2007. The revised set utilise an improved methodology plus improvements to some of the underlying datasets. These improvements include the addition of a car mode, the use of frequency based travel times, the exclusion of non-scheduled demand responsive transport, and including a minimum journey time to the public transport mode. These are available at  

Publication details

Published on 11 June 2009 and updated on 19 November 2009 by Transport Statistics.

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