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Get people onto public transport and out of their cars

18 May 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 March 2017 car traffic increased by 1.4 per cent to a record high of 252.9 billion vehicle miles. HGV traffic is 7.5 per cent higher than four years ago.

“We need action from Government to give people real choice in how they travel, and liberate communities from the damaging effects of ever growing traffic levels. This means investing in better public transport, walking and cycling routes, locating new homes near public transport, and getting more freight traffic off our roads and onto rail. 

“The Government needs to halt a road building programme that only fuels the growth in car use on our already congested roads, especially given what we now know about the country’s lethal and illegal levels of air pollution.”


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 April 2016 – March 2017  
  • 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).