DfT releases road statistics

9th May 2013

The UK Department for Transport has released road statistics relating to journey reliability and traffic congestion. Overall, they show a drop in traffic volume, speed and timeliness.

Compared to Q1 2012, motor vehicle traffic has shrank 2.3 per cent. This decrease extends to all vehicle types – cars fell by 1.9 per cent, light goods dropped 1.9 per cent as well, and heavy goods decreased by 3.8 per cent. Traffic volumes shrank on all road types, including rural and urban roads, as well as motorways.

Despite the decrease in traffic, journey reliability also fell. Just over 77 per cent of journeys across managed motorway networks arrived ‘on time’ – representing a decrease of 0.5 per cent compared to Q1 last year.

Stats revealed that average speeds are dropping as well. Weekday morning peak speeds on ‘A’ networks fell 4.4 per cent in January compared to the same month last year. In February, speeds were 1.8 per cent lower, and March showed a decrease of 1.9 per cent. Reductions in speed were probably caused by increased rainfall in 2012, as well as spring snowstorms that plagued most of the UK earlier this year.

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