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Published Thursday, November 12, 2015

Trends since 1950 of road traffic in Great Britain.

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Road traffic in 2014 was 2.4% higher than in 2013 and this was the fastest annual growth since 1996.

Motor vehicle traffic in Great BritainMotor traffic levels are now back to the level they were at in 2008 but just below the peak level of 2007.

Cars and taxis made up 79% of motor vehivle traffic but the fastest growth in traffic was light goods vehicles. Traffic of LGVs grew 5.6% from 42.6 to 45.0 billion vehicle miles.

At the end of 2014 there were 35.6 million licensed vehicles in Great Britain, of which  29.6 million were cars.

Motor vehicle traffic in Great BritainIn 2012 the average annual distance travelled per car was 8,200 miles. Between 2002 and 2012 average annual distance travelled per car decreased by 11%.

61% of car journeys in 2013 had only one occupant.  The average occupancy rate was 1.6 people per car.

75% of households had access to a car or van in 2013. 32% had two or more cars or vans.

Percentage change in road traffic by road type

Commons Briefing papers SN02659

Author: Neil Johnston

Topic: Roads

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