This short article details figures from the Department for Transport that show road traffic flows by millions of vehicle kilometres. The results are based on a census of all major roads, and estimates for minor roads. They form part of a selection of road traffic statistics published on the Department for Transport website.
Please also see the traffic flow web pages that have statistics for the Lancashire-12 area, Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool. The web links also include access to the detailed yearly data for hundreds of traffic count points in the Lancashire-14 area. The figures are in vehicle miles for various classes of motor vehicles and pedal cycles, and therefore represent a different form of measure to the flows results in table 1.
The national, regional and local context
Table 1 has estimated traffic flows for England, the North West, and the Lancashire area from 1993 to 2017. After a period of constant growth, when vehicle kilometres in England increased by 23.9% between 1993 and 2007, the 2008/09 economic slowdown impacted on the results. From a previous high of 433,021 million kilometres in 2007, there was a pattern of marginal decline in England in 2008 and 2010, and then little change to 2013. The outturns from 2014 to 2017 however show steady increases to reach a new record of 449,643 million kilometres. The 2016 figures have been revised down for all areas in Table 1.
The Lancashire-14 area in 2017 saw its vehicle kilometre figure fall back to 12,667 million kilometres, from a peak in 2016.
Table 1. Estimated traffic flows for all motor vehicles, 1993 to 2017 (millions of vehicle kilometres)
|Year||Lancashire-12||Blackburn with Darwen||Blackpool||Lancashire-14||North West||England|
Source Department for Transport: Road Traffic Statistics for Local Authorities Table TRA8904. * Revised figures for 2016.
Page updated July 2018