National Statistics

Road lengths in Great Britain: 2011

Estimates for road lengths in Great Britain in 2011.

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Road lengths in Great Britain: 2011 report

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Road lengths in Great Britain: 2011 tables

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Road lengths in Great Britain: 2011 CSV tables

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In 2011:

  • the total road length in Great Britain was estimated to be 245.0 thousand miles, an increase of 2.1 thousand miles (0.9%) over 10 years
  • minor roads made up 87% of total road length, with motorways and ‘A’ roads accounting for 1% and 12% respectively
  • despite accounting for only 13% of road length, major roads (motorways and ‘A’ roads) accounted for 65% of road traffic
  • the trunk road network (centrally managed motorways and ‘A’ roads) accounted for 7.5 thousand miles, a decrease of 1.7 thousand miles since 2001. This decrease reflects the government’s de-trunking program (the transfer of centrally managed roads to local authorities)

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