National statistics

Road traffic estimates in Great Britain: 2020

Road traffic estimates for Great Britain broken down by vehicle type, road type and area for 2020.


Road traffic estimates in Great Britain: 2020 tables

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Estimates of road traffic by:

  • vehicle type
  • road type
  • geographical region

in Great Britain for the year 2020.

Road traffic trends during 2020 have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the UK. Motor vehicle traffic on Great Britain roads decreased by 21.3% between 2019 and 2020, to 280.5 billion vehicle miles.

When compared to the year 2019:

  • car traffic decreased by 24.7%
  • the figure of 209.6 billion vehicle miles was the lowest annual estimate in the last 29 years.
  • van traffic fell by 9.1%
  • lorry traffic fell by 5.7%
  • traffic on the Strategic Road Network decreased by 25.1%
  • motorway traffic decreased by 25.3%.
  • ‘A’ roads saw a 23.2% decrease in traffic
  • minor road traffic decreased by 17.2%

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Published 28 April 2021