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Road Traffic: Severn Bridge

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 24 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when his Department last assessed the traffic flows across the Severn crossings. (323583)

The Highways Agency reviews traffic flow data on a monthly basis which is collected by Severn River Crossing plc, the operator for the crossings.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what information his Department holds on the volume of traffic moving across the Severn crossings at different times of the day. (323584)

The Highways Agency holds traffic data broken down into hourly, daily and monthly flows for westbound traffic on the Severn crossings.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the average number of vehicles using the Severn crossings at each time of day; and if he will make a statement. (323585)

Vehicle numbers are counted in the westbound direction as part of the toll collection, which is in that direction only. The average numbers of westbound vehicles using the Severn crossings during 2009 for each hour of the day are given in the following table:

Severn crossings: Average hourly vehicle flow during 2009 (westbound)

Time

Vehicle flows

00:00-01:00

344

01:00-02:00

240

02:00-03:00

200

03:00-04:00

180

04:00-05:00

214

05:00-06:00

365

06:00-07:00

841

07:00-08:00

1,663

08:00-09:00

1,891

09:00-10:00

1,864

10:00-11:00

1,958

11:00-12:00

2,140

12:00-13:00

2,269

13:00-14:00

2,356

14:00-15:00

2,478

15:00-16:00

2,776

16:00-17:00

3,384

17:00-18:00

3,555

18:00-19:00

2,867

19:00-20:00

1,821

20:00-21:00

1,345

21:00-22:00

1,004

22:00-23:00

757

23:00-24:00

530

Total

37,042

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many vehicles in each charging category travel across the Severn crossings on average each day at each time of day. (323586)

Vehicle numbers are counted in the westbound direction as part of the toll collection, which is in that direction only. The average hourly flows of vehicles in each charging category travelling westbound during 2009 across the Severn crossings are detailed in the following table.

Severn crossings: average hourly flows during 2009 (westbound)

Time

Class1 (£5.50)

Class2 (£10.90)

Class3 (£16.40)

Exempt

00:00-01:00

242

20

80

3

01:00-02:00

136

18

83

3

02:00-03:00

93

17

88

2

03:00-04:00

70

19

89

1

04:00-05:00

78

23

110

2

05:00-06:00

133

51

177

4

06:00-07:00

421

156

257

7

07:00-08:00

1,101

285

260

16

08:00-09:00

1,401

238

237

15

09:00-10:00

1,416

201

233

14

10:00-11:00

1,519

189

232

18

11:00-12:00

1,694

193

236

19

12:00-13:00

1,795

206

246

22

13:00-14:00

1,857

227

249

23

14:00-15:00

1,952

254

247

26

15:00-16:00

2,221

295

228

31

16:00-17:00

2,807

329

202

47

17:00-18:00

3,087

250

167

52

18:00-19:00

2,525

164

142

36

19:00-20:00

1,573

106

122

20

20:00-21:00

1,147

77

109

12

21:00-22:00

836

54

104

10

22:00-23:00

618

39

93

7

23:00-24:00

415

27

84

3

Total

29,137

3,438

4,075

393