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Summary statistics

356.5 billion miles were driven on Great Britain’s roads in 2019, similar (a 0.3% increase) to the previous year.

Road traffic by vehicle type

Time period: 1993 to 2019
Source: Road traffic estimates in Great Britain: 2019

278.2 bvm

Cars and taxis

55.5 bvm

Light commerical vehicles

17.4 bvm

Heavy goods vehicles

3.5 bvm

Pedal cycles

2.4 bvm

Buses and coaches

3.0 bvm

Motorcycles

The main facts and figures show that:

  • Car traffic increased by 2.2% from 2018 levels. The figure of 278.2 billion vehicle miles (bvm) is the highest annual estimate ever of car traffic.
  • Van traffic grew by 2.0% from 2018 to 55.5 bvm, a new peak level for van traffic.
  • Lorry traffic remained broadly stable compared to 2018, at 17.4 bvm.
  • Pedal cycle traffic (cyclists on public highways, and the paths adjacent to them) was 3.5 bvm, 16.4% above ten years ago.

Traffic estimates for the period since 2010 have been revised to take into account the minor road benchmarking exercise. Further details available on GOV.UK: Road traffic statistics: minor road benchmarking


Traffic by road type

Time period: 1993 to 2019
Source: Road traffic estimates in Great Britain: 2019

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

Traffic estimates for the period since 2010 have been revised to take into account the minor road benchmarking exercise. Further details available on GOV.UK: Road traffic statistics: minor road benchmarking


Annual traffic across Great Britain

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