The Department for Transport’s figures from their Road Traffic in Great Britain for the third quarter of 2007, show that while cars are slowly disappearing, vans are multiplying.
In the last year, traffic levels rose by 1.1%- the catalyst?- a huge growth in vans! The presence of vans increased by 12% in the last year, while 1% of car drivers bowed out of taking to the road- or indeed- swapped their cars for vans!
The overall increase in traffic, combined with short term factors such as road works and adverse weather conditions, led to the average vehicle delay on the slowest 10% of journeys increasing 0.38 minutes per 10 miles.
When looking at motorways and urban A roads however, there was a reduction in traffic of 1% and 3% respectively.