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Provisional road traffic estimates, Great Britain: April 2015 to March 2016

Provisional estimates of road traffic, by vehicle type and road class in Great Britain, for the year ending March 2016.

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Provisional road traffic estimates, Great Britain: April 2015 to March 2016 tables

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Provisional estimates of road traffic, by:

  • vehicle type
  • road class

in Great Britain, for the year ending March 2016.

Provisional estimates show that motor vehicle traffic was at a record high with 318.5 billion vehicle miles travelled (1.8% higher than the previous year and 1.3% higher than September 2007).

Rolling annual motor vehicle traffic has now increased each quarter in succession for 3 years.

Compared to the previous year all road classes experienced a rise in motor vehicle traffic. This included:

  • car traffic increased by 1.3% to a record 248.9 billion vehicle miles
  • van traffic continues to rise faster than any other vehicle type, increasing by 4.1%, a new peak of 47.3 billion vehicle miles
  • HGV traffic rose on motorways and rural ‘A’ roads, but fell on urban ‘A’ roads

Motorway traffic increased:

  • by 3.0%
  • to 67.1 billion vehicle miles

Rural ‘A’ roads increased:

  • by 3.0%
  • to 92.0 billion vehicle miles

the highest ever recorded level.

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