This statistical release presents revised road traffic estimates for Great Britain in 2010. These estimates have been revised from the estimates published on 30 June 2011 as part of a planned benchmarking exercise.
For further information on the minor road benchmarking exercise, please see the Traffic series page.
- In 2010, the overall motor vehicle traffic volume in Great Britain was 303.2 billion vehicle miles, down by 4.9 billion vehicle miles from 2009
- Car traffic was 239.8 billion vehicle miles in 2010, accounting for 79.1% of all motor vehicle traffic. Car traffic has accounted for about 80% of all motor vehicle traffic since 1980. In 2010, car traffic was 2.0% lower than in 2009, but 2.6% higher than 2000
- Light van traffic increased by 0.9% between 2009 and 2010 to 41.0 billion vehicle miles. This was 26.5% higher than 2000. Light van traffic showed the greatest increase in traffic volume in 2010
- In 2010, heavy goods vehicle traffic was 16.4 billion vehicle miles. This represents a 0.3% increase from 2009; although heavy goods vehicle traffic levels remain 6.7% lower than 2000
- In 2010, 20% of traffic was on motorways, 28.7% on rural ‘A’ roads, 16.3% on urban ‘A’ roads, 14.0% on rural minor roads and 20.9% on urban minor roads
Information on road traffic statistics, including pre-release access list can be found here.