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If you've already read the story, get ready to explore the transport characteristics of MSOAs in England and Wales! Click on an MSOA to view the breakdown of how people in this MSOA commute to work. After selecting an MSOA, use the last switch in the sidebar to see where people who live in this MSOA work, and how they get there!
Turning on this switch will display data about where people who live in the selected MSOA go for work. This data is represented as flows, or lines, where the color indicates the transportation mode used and the thickness reflects how many people commute between the residence MSOA and the workplace MSOA using a given mode. The visualization excludes flows of less than 5 people.
This cluster is associated with high usage of public transport including the underground/metro/tram, train and bus. It has very good accessibility to all MSOAs through all transport modes, meaning that people in this MSOA can easily move around. MSOAs that are in the highly accessible centres of large cities tend to fall into this cluster.
This cluster has high car usage but is notable for the large number of people who use the bus and walk to work. MSOAs in this cluster also have a high degree of accessibility, but the overall transport profile is more shifted towards cars than the previous cluster. This cluster is found in large urban areas across England and Wales.
This cluster is composed of rural MSOAs that surround land-locked urban areas. The MSOAs in this clusters benefit from being on train routes, but that is the only mode of public transport by which they are serviced. As a result, the cluster is associated with high car ownership and usage, followed by train and walking.
This cluster is made up of rural areas far from the cities. The MSOAs in this cluster have no public transport options and people depend on cars to move around. They have poor accessibility even by car, which could be due to a lack of direct road connections to other parts of the country.
This cluster shows the third highest usage of bus, bicycle and walking to work. However, it has the lowest train usage and all around accessibility, which is its defining feature. This cluster can be found in coastal towns and cities, which might suggest they are at the end of train lines and other transport networks, and therefore lack connectivity.