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On the 10th November 2016, Provisional Road Traffic Estimates were published, which detailed road usage between October 2015 and September 2016.

While it didn’t shock anyone to discover road use was found to have increased, which we all know is due to the increasing amounts of queues, it was rather shocking to see a provisional figure of 320 billion motor traffic vehicle miles travelled on Britain’s roads. The biggest increase, however, is van traffic (3.8%) travelling 48.2 billion miles. In total, the increase for the year ending September 2016 was 1.4%.

This increase in traffic levels was attributed to an increase in population and the growth of the UK economy over the previous three years, along with lower fuel prices, which had decreased by 20.7% between September 2013 and September 2016.

By road type, motorway traffic increased by 2.5%, rural by 1.7% and urban by 0.4% up to and including October 2016. However, between October 2015 and September 2016 there was a decrease of 2.1% in LGV usage (vans) on rural minor roads, and on urban minor roads a decrease of 1% car usage.

Information provided by the UK Government.