1. Traffic statistics
  2. Summary statistics

Summary statistics

328.1 billion miles were driven on Great Britain’s roads in 2018, similar (a 0.3% increase) to the previous year.

Road traffic by vehicle type

Time period: 1993 to 2018
Source: Road traffic estimates in Great Britain: 2018

255.0 bvm

Cars and taxis

51.0 bvm

Light commerical vehicles

17.1 bvm

Heavy goods vehicles

3.3 bvm

Pedal cycles

2.3 bvm

Buses and coaches

2.7 bvm

Motorcycles

The main facts and figures show that:

  • Car traffic remained broadly stable (increasing by 0.2%) compared to 2017. The figure of 255.0 billion vehicle miles (bvm) is the highest annual estimate ever of car traffic.
  • Van traffic grew slightly (by 0.9%) from 2017 to 51.0 bvm. There has been a slowdown in the growth of van traffic over the last two years.
  • Lorry traffic remained broadly stable (increasing by 0.3%) compared to 2017
  • Pedal cycle traffic (cyclists on public highways, and the cycle paths and footpaths adjacent to them) was 3.3 bvm, 17.2% above the figure ten years before

Traffic by road type

Time period: 1993 to 2018
Source: Road traffic estimates in Great Britain: 2018

The main facts and figures show that:

  • Motorways carried 69.0 bvm of traffic, broadly stable (0.5% increase) compared to 2017, and 10.9% more than ten years ago
  • The Strategic Road Network carried 94.7 bvm of traffic (a new high); one-third of all motorised traffic in England
  • 'A' roads saw a 1.4% rise in traffic from 2017
  • Minor road traffic decreased 1.3% since 2017

Annual traffic across Great Britain

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