Research and analysis

Car traffic levels in Britain: evidence review

Review of literature to identify how much technological, social, economic, demographic, political, geographical and environmental changes affect car use.


Evidence review of car traffic levels in Britain

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This rapid evidence assessment features an assessment of literature investigating recent changes to car usage and ownership. It was conducted by RAND Europe who was commissioned by the Department for Transport to undertake the review.

The assessment covers 21 sources, including:

  • academic journals
  • conference papers
  • grey literature

to provide a wide coverage of the available evidence.

The findings suggest that the literature provides a good description of the trends in car mileage. The size of the impact of these trends overall, and the factors influencing these trends are however less clear.

The report concludes with some recommendations for further research based on the evidence gaps found in the literature.

Published 15 January 2015