Regions

Regions: 11
Area covered: Great Britain
Time period: 2000 to 2021
Source: Road traffic statistics

The South East region had the highest traffic levels in 2021, with 47 billion vehicle miles driven on its roads. This was 16% of all traffic in 2021.

The South East has 12% of road length in Great Britain.

Estimated motor vehicle traffic

Time period: 2021
Source: Road traffic statistics
Metric: Billion vehicle miles (annually)
Regions Vehicle miles (billions)
South East 46.9
East of England 33.7
North West 32.5
South West 31.6
West Midlands 28.3
Scotland 26.7
East Midlands 26.3
Yorkshire and The Humber 25.4
London 18.5
Wales 16.5
North East 11.2

Estimated annual traffic across Great Britain

Time period: 1993 - 2021
Source: Road traffic statistics
Metric: Billion vehicle miles (annually)

Whilst historically significant, the long term trends can be misleading in most cases due to the extraordinary circumstances observed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Vehicle miles travelled in Great Britain have had year-on-year growth in each year between 2011 and 2019. Following a sharp decline in 2020, traffic levels for 2021 have increased on the previous year but still remain lower than the 2011 levels. Therefore, to say traffic has fallen over the last decade would misconstrue, as the overall decrease is entirely due to the decline in traffic levels observed in the 2020-2021 estimates.

Traffic estimates for the period since 2000 have been revised following the minor road review. Further details available on GOV.UK: Road traffic statistics: minor roads traffic estimate review


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