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09 Feb 2008

Department for Transport Statistics bulletin

The Department for Transport has today published National Statistics on Traffic in Great Britain for the fourth quarter of 2007 and for 2007 as a whole.

These are provisional estimates. Final estimates will be published in July 2008 and are liable to differ slightly from the provisional figures.

The provisional figures indicate that estimated traffic levels fell by 0.9 per cent between the fourth quarters of 2006 and 2007. Comparing the whole of 2007 with 2006, traffic is provisionally estimated to have increased by 0.6 per cent. This is lower than the underlying annual rate of increase of 1.3 per cent from 2001 to 2006.

The bulletin includes analyses by vehicle type and road class. Key results include:
Between the fourth quarters of 2006 and 2007

  • Car traffic decreased by 3 per cent.
  • Light van traffic increased by 10 per cent.
  • Heavy goods vehicle traffic increased by 3 per cent.
  • Traffic on motorways and rural 'A' roads was unchanged.
  • Traffic on minor rural roads increased by 1 per cent.
  • Traffic on urban 'A' roads and minor urban roads fell by 3 per cent and 2 per cent respectively.
    Comparing 2007 with 2006 as a whole, the provisional estimates show that:
  • Car traffic decreased by 1 per cent.
  • Light van traffic was 9 per cent higher.
  • Heavy goods vehicle traffic was 1 per cent higher.
  • Traffic on motorways was unchanged.
  • Traffic on both rural 'A' roads and minor rural roads rose by 1 per cent
  • Traffic on minor urban roads rose by 2 per cent.
  • Traffic on urban 'A' roads decreased by 2 per cent.


To put this into context, based on the 2007 provisional annual estimates, cars account for 78 per cent of all motor vehicle traffic, light vans (14 per cent), goods vehicles (6 per cent), and other vehicles (2 per cent).

This quarterly bulletin also includes experimental statistics on congestion on motorways and trunk roads in England. Between the baseline year (August 2004 - July 2005) and the latest year (December 2006 - November 2007):

* Average vehicle delay on the slowest 10% of journeys rose from 3.78 to 4.05 minutes per 10 miles. The average journey time on these journeys rose from 13.4 to 13.7 minutes per 10 miles.