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Traffic reaches new record on UK roads

Words: Huw Morris
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Traffic on the UK’s roads reached a record high last year, according to new figures.

Latest Department for Transport figures suggest traffic rose by 2.2 per cent to 323.7 billion vehicle miles (BVM), increasing twice as fast as previously estimated.

Provisional figures unveiled earlier this year had estimated 320.5 BVM, 1.2 per cent higher than 2015.

Across the UK, motorways made up 67.8 BVM of traffic, 2 per cent up on 2015 and almost 10 per cent higher than a decade ago. The strategic road network in England carried 91.9 BVM of traffic, a third of all motorised traffic in the country.

Rural roads saw a 2.6 per cent rise in traffic from 2015, with traffic on A-roads and minor roads reaching record levels. Traffic in urban areas rose by 1.8 per cent, although it remained below the record level seen in 2007.

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