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Road Traffic

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the percentage change in traffic levels (a) on English roads and (b) on roads in each county within England was in each year since 1997, taking 1997 levels as 100 per cent. (253845)

A table providing traffic volumes for all motor vehicles on all roads for (a) English roads and (b) each local highway authority in England has been placed in the Libraries of the House.

The figures provided in the table are for the period 1997 to 2007 and are indexed to 1997. More recent data for 2008 will be published during summer 2009.

Traffic estimates at local highway authority level are not designated as National Statistics and are therefore not as robust as the national estimates. Some discontinuities exist in the data between various years for certain local highways authorities. These are caused by the Department for Transport collecting an increased number of road counts in particular years, which allows the Department to make traffic volume series in subsequent years more accurate.

Road traffic by local highway authority can be found on the Department’s website at the following web address:

www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/statistics/datatablespublications/roadstraffic/traffic/rtstatisticsla/