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Let’s get more people onto public transport and out of their car, say campaigners

9 February 2017

Campaign for Better Transport responds to new Department for Transport provisional road traffic estimates which show that motor vehicle traffic has reached a record high.

In the year ending December 2016 car traffic increased by 0.7 per cent  to a record high of 249.5 billion vehicle miles and HGV traffic grew by 2.8 per cent overall to 17.1 billion vehicle miles.

Bridget Fox, Sustainable Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport said:

“Given what we now know about the country’s lethal and illegal levels of air pollution, more than ever we must see urgent action taken to halt the growth in traffic levels on our roads.  

“Instead, we need action from Government to invest 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  richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to editors

  • Read the DfT’s provisional road traffic estimates Great Britain Jan 2016 – Dec 2016  
  • Read about Campaign for Better Transport’s road campaigning work here - Evidence shows that new roads create new traffic 
  • 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).