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Road traffic bulk downloads

Bulk download traffic figures for all regions, all local authorities and all count point locations.

Data disclaimer

Traffic figures at the regional and national level are robust, and are reported as National Statistics. However, DfT’s traffic estimates for individual road links and small areas are less robust, as they are not always based on up-to-date counts made at these locations. Where other more up-to-date sources of traffic data are available (e.g. from local highways authorities), this may provide a more accurate estimate of traffic at these locations.

It is the responsibility of the user to decide which data are most appropriate for their purpose, and if DfT road link level traffic estimates are used, to make a note of the limitations in any published material.

Quality flags in data downloads

DfT’s road link level traffic estimates are calculated using a variety of methods, with some methods likely to produce more accurate estimates than others.

The data tables available to download here contain a column - estimation_method – showing the method used to estimate traffic for each location and year. Figures having an estimation method of “Counted” are likely to be more accurate than those marked as “Estimated”, and the latter should be used with caution.

Road traffic data guidance

This document provides guidance on the different datasets available to download for DfT traffic estimates:

All traffic data metadata (pdf)

Bulk downloads

Link to data Description Format Years
Raw count data - major and minor roads Vehicle counts recorded on major and minor roads. ZIP 2000 - 2018
AADF Data - major and minor roads Number of vehicles that travel past the count point (in both directions) on an average day of the year. ZIP 2000 - 2018
AADF Data by direction - major roads Number of vehicles that travel past the count point on an average day of the year, by direction of travel. ZIP 2000 - 2018
Regional traffic Regional traffic figures give the total volume of traffic across each region for the whole year. CSV 1993 - 2018
Local authority traffic Local authority traffic figures give the total volume of traffic across each local authority for the whole year. CSV 1993 - 2018

Supporting downloads

Hourly traffic counts by vehicle classification at all Department for Transport managed automatic traffic counters.

Link to document Description Format
Major road network - shape file format (2018) Shape file of the major road network. ZIP