New figures published today by the DfT reveal that traffic levels once again fell between March and June 2010 for the third quarter running. Overall traffic levels reduced by 1.2% in comparision to Spring 2009. Car traffic has reduced by 1% and HGV traffic by 4%, whilst light goods vehicles have bucked the trend by seeing a 1% increase.
Traffic on motorways and urban A roads is down by 2%, minor road traffic is down by 1% where as there has been no change on rural ‘A’ roads. The reduction in traffic has also been accompanied with a reduction in congestion and delays. For inter-urban congestion average vehicle delay on the slowest 10% of journeys fell from 3.90 to 3.60 minutes per 10 miles.
As road traffic levels are generally good indicators of economic stagnation, recovery and growth the reduction in HGV traffic is a particularly stark given the ongoing financial climate. The RAC Foundation will be watching with interest how traffic levels for the remainder of 2010, up until and beyond the comprehensive spending review in the Autumn change as Coalition Government policies take effect.