National Statistics

Road traffic estimates in Great Britain: 2017

Road traffic estimates for Great Britain broken down by vehicle type, road type, region and time of the day, week and month for the year 2017.


Road traffic estimates in Great Britain: 2017 data tables

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Estimates of road traffic by:

  • vehicle type
  • road type
  • geographical region
  • time of the day
  • day of the week
  • month

in Great Britain for the year 2017.

Motor vehicle traffic on Great Britain roads increased by 1.3% between 2016 and 2017 to 327.1 billion vehicle miles (bvm).

When compared with the year 2016:

  • car traffic increased by 1.1% to reach a new all-time high
  • van traffic grew by 2.7%, more quickly than any other vehicle
  • lorry traffic increased by 1.2%
  • the Strategic Road Network increased by 2.1%
  • motorways carried 68.7 billion vehicle miles of traffic, an increase of 1.4%
  • ‘A’ roads saw a 1.1% rise in traffic
  • minor road traffic increased by 1.4%

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Published 5 July 2018