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We've launched a new site where we'll be publishing data and maps to help you understand what's happening to transport in your area.

Many of our campaigns depend on knowing what's going on in local areas – from finding out which local buses are under threat to making the case against a new road scheme.

Today we've launched our new Better Transport Maps website where we'll be publishing a range of interactive maps to help shed light on the transport issues that affect people's daily lives, and we've started by publishing a brand new traffic map using open data provided by the Department for Transport and the Highways Agency (relaunching this week as Highways England).

London-Brighton traffic mapUsing average daily traffic stats for nearly 18,000 road links, mapped onto the locations of the links, we've illustrated the current weight of traffic and the change in total motor traffic levels on the roads between 2005 and 2013.

We also show all the data since 2000 for each link in a chart in the pop-up windows.

Looking around the country you'll see there's a mixed picture, with overall more roads seeing a reduction in traffic over the eight year period than an increase, and an average reduction of 2 per cent.

Some roads, such as the M25 around Heathrow, have seen very large increases after having new capacity added, while others have seen a consistent reduction.

The corridor of roads between London and Brighton is particularly interesting as all the links on the main route have seen less traffic over the years, many more than 10 per cent. And this is despite both cities seeing strong economic growth and a better recovery from the recession than other areas.

We hope the new site will be an interesting tool to explore what's happened to traffic and transport across the country - and look out for the new data that we'll be publishing on the site soon.