National Statistics

Provisional road traffic estimates, Great Britain: January 2015 to December 2015

Provisional estimates of road traffic, by vehicle type and road class in Great Britain, for the year ending December 2015.


Provisional road traffic estimates, Great Britain: January to December 2015 tables

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The 2015 provisional figure for annual motor vehicle traffic of 317.8 billion vehicle miles travelled is the highest rolling annual total ever and 1.1% higher than the pre-recession peak.

When comparing the year ending December 2015 with the year ending December 2014:

  • car traffic increased by 1.7% to 248.6 billion vehicle miles, very slightly above the pre-recession peak
  • van traffic continued to rise faster than any other vehicle type, increasing by 6.1% to a new peak of 47.7 billion vehicle miles
  • heavy goods vehicle traffic rose on motorways and rural ‘A’ roads, but fell on urban ‘A roads
  • all road classes experienced a rise, apart from urban ‘A’ road traffic which remained at the same level
  • motorway traffic increased by 2.4% to 65.8 billion vehicle miles, the highest ever level
  • minor rural road traffic increased the most of any road type, rising 5.2% to 45.8 billion vehicle miles

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Published 11 February 2016