Title: Road Traffic Estimates: Great Britain 2016

Organisation: Department for Transport
Date uploaded: 11th May 2017
Date published/launched: April 2017

The number of miles travelled by car and taxi reached a record high in 2016 - 252.6bn miles, a year-on-year rise of 2%.

Car and taxi travel represents 78% of all motor vehicle traffic, which experienced a similar rise of 2.2% to 323.7bn miles.

The DfT stats also show, perhaps unsurprisingly given the rise in internet shopping and subsequent home deliveries, that van traffic experienced the fastest year-on-year growth (in percentage terms) of motorised traffic, rising by 4.7% to a record high of 49.1bn vehicle miles.

Having grown steadily for the previous three years, heavy goods vehicle traffic remained broadly stable. However, the 2016 figure of 16.6bn vehicle miles remains around 9% below the peak level seen in 2007.

Bus and coach traffic saw the largest year-on-year decrease of any vehicle type, falling by 7.7% from 2.7 to 2.5bn vehicle miles, continuing the overall decline seen since 2007.

With regard to travel on two wheels, the number of miles travelled on bicycle (3.5bn) increased 6.3% year-on-year, and by 23.4% since 2006. Motorcycle miles (2.8bn) increased 1.9% year-on-year but are down 11% on the 2006 figure.

In terms of road type, motorways carried 67.8bn miles of traffic, 2% more than in 2015 and almost 10% more than 10 years ago.

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