Research and data in the Scottish Borders: Place

Transport and accessibility

Why is it important to have statistics about transport and accessibility?

Local Authorities set their outcomes and objectives within the context of the Scottish Government National Performance framework, which is themed around our children, our communities, our economy, reducing poverty and increasing environmental sustainability. Transport and accessibility is a cross-cutting theme in all these objectives. Access to services by private or public transport and by digital and telecommunication means is essential to making the region a vibrant, safe, affordable, nurturing and equal-opportunities place to live, work and visit.

Scottish Borders plays its part in the National Performance Framework by working towards making our region the best place in Scotland for every Scottish Borders citizen to live, regardless of their protected characteristics. For this, we need robust information to measure how we are performing as a society and within our communities.

Scottish Borders policy framework 

The 2018-23 Scottish Borders Corporate Plan is key to our policy framework on how we plan to deliver services in the next five years.  It consists of eight corporate priorities, which are informed by an evidence base, including the strategic assessment.

Data on transport and service accessibility are built in to all our Corporate Priorities as a cross-cutting theme, indicating that it is central to everything we do. You can see how we are doing so far on this priority in our annual Corporate Performance Annual Report 2020-21 .

Our region's transport infrastructure is planned and managed by several Directorates, and is central to our Strategic Development Plan and Local Development Plan. Digital Transformation is also at the heart of Fit for 2024, which aims to transform the region into a vibrant, rural community by making best use of our assets and maximising digital interactivity. Topics include:

Topic areas

There is a large amount of evidence from official statistics to inform our transport and accessibility development, across a wide range of topic areas.

Travel and transport statistics

  • method of travel to work and school
  • purpose of journey
  • use of private transport
  • traffic congestion
  • use and accessibliity of bus services
  • use of train services
  • active travel

Access deprivation

  • distance and journey times to essential shops and services
  • people who live in access deprivation
  • young people living in access deprivation

Digital inclusion

  • use of the internet
  • % who do not have a mobile phone signal
  • % who do not have access to broadband
  • digital inclusion index

Official statistics are available on these topics, sometimes at a choice of different levels of geographical detail. If you would like help to explore what statistics there are for your area, perhaps to create an area profile or evidence base for a funding application in Scottish Borders, contact the Research and Information team.