14 September 2017
Campaign for Better Transport responds to new Department for Transport (DfT) provisional road traffic estimates which show that motor vehicle traffic has reached a record high.
In the year ending June 2017 car traffic increased by 1.3 per cent to a record high of 253.5 billion vehicle miles. HGV traffic is 6.5 per cent higher than four years ago.
Bridget Fox, Sustainable Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport, said:
“It’s no surprise to see that traffic levels have reached a record high when the Government insists on ploughing billions into new road building projects, with more traffic adding to our already congested roads.
“We already have lethal and illegal levels of air pollution so it is vital the Government invests in better public transport, walking and cycling routes, locate new homes near public transport, and get more freight traffic off our roads and onto rail.
“That will give people real choice in how they travel, and liberate communities from the damaging effects of ever growing traffic levels.”
For further information please contact Richard Watkins, Press Officer, at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773468 firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors
- Read the DfT’s provisional Road Traffic Estimates Great Britain July 2016 – June 2017
- Read about Campaign for Better Transport’s road campaigning work here - Evidence shows that new roads create new traffic
- Read our blog which explains how buses can help clean up the quality of our air - Improving air quality: buses are key to success
- Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).