Overview

This section considers public and private transport issues across Lancashire and beyond. These include vehicle numbers, usage and road length data. Passenger numbers are provided for people using bus, train and sea routes that start or finish in the Lancashire area, and are supplemented by details of walking and cycling provision. A complementary article on road casualties can be found in the community safety section of Lancashire Insight.  

The various highways and transport masterplans that cover parts of the county set out the key proposals for transport improvements for the area.

In general terms, public transport provision by rail and tram has seen significant growth over recent years in Lancashire, whilst bus passenger numbers have recorded some decline. 

The traffic flow results indicate that motor vehicle usage is back on its long-term upward trajectory after a small decline between 2009 and 2012; a result of the economic slowdown at the time.  

Freight traffic through Heysham Port continues to expand, but passenger movements and passenger vehicle numbers between Heysham and the Isle-of-Man reveal some volatility.

Blackpool airport had very modest passenger numbers after a major cutback in commercial passenger flights in 2014, but the only scheduled flights ended again in March 2017.

Cycling rates in a number of Lancashire authorities are ahead of the national average, whilst factors of age and disability are the likely cause of a notable minority of people who stated that they did not have a continuous walk for 10 minutes or more over the previous month. 

Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport in July 2016, with responsibility for rail, rail security and light rail.

Page updated August 2017