Last month the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released updated Travel to Work Areas (TTWAs). The new TTWAs were based on the 2011 Census. TTWAs show regions where at least 75% of an area’s population works in the area. They are interesting because you can see realistic economic boundaries for towns and cities in the UK.
The 2011 results show a total of 228 TTWAs in the UK, a 6.2% decrease from 2001. This shows that many employment centres are growing in dominance and people are commuting further to get to them.
You can see a comparison of the 2001 and 2011 TTWAs in the maps below:
What struck me about the new results is that the Cambridge TTWA has almost doubled in size since 2001, now drawing people from as far south as Hertford and Harlow. This reflects the increasing importance of Cambridge as an economic centre in the East of England and beyond. Although not to the scale of the significant growth of the Cambridge TTWA; you can see that Peterborough, Wisbech and Bury St Edmunds TTWAs have also increased in size since 2001. Again, this demonstrates that many economic areas are growing and people are willing to commute for longer distances to get to work.
Are you interested in TTWAs in the UK? Please visit the links below to find out more:
Travel to Work Areas Briefing Note (331.6 KB)