10 November 2016
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 September 2016 car traffic increased by 0.9 per cent to a record high of 249.4 billion vehicle miles and HGV traffic grew by 3.4 per cent overall to 17.1 billion vehicle miles.
James MacColl, Head of Campaigns, Campaign for Better Transport said:
“Growth in population and jobs does not need to mean growth in traffic, especially given what we now know about the country’s lethal and illegal levels of air pollution.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors
- Read the DfT’s provisional road traffic estimates Great Britain Oct 2015 – Sep 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).