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Road traffic in Great Britain: Social Indicators page

Published Thursday, November 10, 2016

Trends since 1950 in road traffic in Great Britain.

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Road traffic in 2015 was 1.6% higher than in 2014, and the highest level on record, overtaking the previous high from 2007.


Motor vehicle traffic in Great BritainTraffic grew by a slower rate in 2015 - up 1.6% compared to 2.4% growth in 2014.

Cars and taxis made up 78% of motor vehicle traffic but the fastest growth in traffic was light goods vehicles. Traffic of LGVs grew 4.2% from 45.0 to 46.9 billion vehicle miles.

At the end of 2015 there were 37.1 million licensed vehicles in Great Britain, of which 30.7 million were cars.

Motor vehicle traffic in Great BritainIn 2015 the average annual distance travelled per car was 8,070 miles. Between 2002 and 2015 average annual distance travelled per car decreased by 14%.

62% of car journeys in England in 2015 had only one occupant.  The average occupancy rate was 1.56 people per car.

75% of households had access to a car or van in 2015. 33% had two or more cars or vans.

Percentage change in road traffic by road type

Commons Briefing papers SN02659

Author: Tom Rutherford

Topic: Roads

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