Maps are web-based using Openlayers technology and subscribers can query them by trip purpose, mode of travel and type of accessibility measure. This page contains some non-interactive maps to illustrate the outputs. Users only need to have Javascrips enabled on their computers of mobile devices. Results are immediately displayed as shaded areas on the map, using standard British (2011) census geography. Clicking on an area brings up a box with data relating to the location - such as time to services and census area code. Some data on destination locations is not openly available so cannot be displayed.
The scale of the maps automatically changes depending on zoom to ensure an appropriate level of detail is shown to main clear mapping at all scales, from local authority districts (2013), through Middle Layer Super Output Areas (or Intermediate Zone in Scotland, 2011), to Lower Layer Super Output Areas (or Data Zone in Scotland, 2011). Boundaries are shown against an Open Street Map base.
Travel times are shown in minutes to nearest destination or if selected the choice of destinations available.
Aggregate "all" values average data for all of the destination-specific values mapped for each country by the selected mode. Since the range of destinations varies between countries (see below), these all values are not comparable between countries, only within. "All" values give a crude assessment of access to a range of services, but can be useful when highlighting dominant patterns, such relatively poor public transport access for deep rural areas, in comparison to more built up city areas.
The choice rating is a value from 0 to 10. Higher values indicate access to a wider choice of individual services (matching the destination type selected). The rating is calculated from the travel time to the nearest 10 locations, weighted by a mode and destination type-specific "deterrence parameter" which reflects the willingness of people to travel to different destination types by different modes.
Car and public transport travel times are mapped for England, Wales and Scotland. England's maps also include travel time by cycle, and a Choice rating for all 3 modes.
Available destination types are shown in the table below:
|Primary School||Yes||Yes||Car Only|
|Secondary School||Yes||Yes||Car Only|
Northern Ireland and island dependencies (such as the Isle of Man) are not included on any map.
Pharmacy Access Scheme
The Department for Health and Social Care map access to pharmacies to ensure that there is a local pharmacy close to as many homes as possible in England. Use the mapping interface here to check the distances and walking routes used in the pharmacy access scheme calculations.
To map the Distances and Routes between Pharmacies to check what routes have been assumed by the Department for Health and Social Care:
- Accept the conditions of use below and select "mapping" to check distances between pharmacies. Enter the pharmacy reference or postcode at the top of the page or select the area of England and drag the map to find the pharmacy.
- Refresh the view for all pharmacies in any map window by selecting "Show All" if requiured.
- Select any pharmacy to show the walking route used when calculating the distance to the nearest pharmacy.
- To export this data select "Excel" to display an exportable list of distances between the selected pharmacy and other nearby pharmacies. Select "Show Excel Ribbon" and then File/Save to export the data to a selected location.
- If you have any questions or wish further guidance please Contact Us.