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IELTS 6 Test 2 Task 1

The table shows the average number of miles travelled per person in England by various modes of transport in the years 1985 and 2000.

From the table, it can be seen that certain modes of travel saw an increase in the distance travelled by the average person, while for others, there was a decrease over the reported period.

At the beginning of the period, the car was by far the most popular means of transport in England, being used to travel an average of 3,199 miles per year. It had also witnessed the highest gain by the end of the period (a 607-mile-per-year increase). The second most utilized method – Other – at 450 miles on average in 1985, had the next highest jump (135 miles). Train, long distance bus, and taxi also saw their usages rise in terms of distance travelled per person (289 to 366, 54 to 124, and 13 to 42 miles per year respectively).

Meanwhile, the 15-year period saw declines in the average distance travelled by the remaining modes of travel. In descending order of absolute reduction in miles, the distance the average English person travelled by local bus dropped from 429 to 274; on foot, from 255 to 237; by bicycle, from 51 to 41.

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