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TRAFFIC GROWTH REMAINS SLOW IN 2ND QUARTER OF 2001

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Traffic levels in the second quarter of 2001 remained at about the ...
Traffic levels in the second quarter of 2001 remained at about the

same level as in the same quarter of 2000. The outbreak of foot and

mouth disease suppressed traffic levels during the quarter,

especially in April. After allowing for this, the underlying growth

in traffic in the year to 2001 quarter 2 is estimated as about one

per cent.

These figures, and analyses by vehicle type and road class, are

published today in Traffic in Great Britain - 2nd Quarter 2001. Key

points include:

* car traffic levels were unchanged from the second quarter of 2000

to the same period of 2001

* goods vehicle traffic fell by two per cent over the same period

A comprehensive analysis of annual road traffic estimates is also

published today - in Road Traffic Statistics: 2000. This shows that:

* traffic growth rose by 0.3 per cent between 1999 and 2000. After

allowing for the effects of the fuel protest in September 2000, it is

estimated that there would have been a rise of 0.7 per cent between

the two years

* motorcycle traffic fell by three per cent between 1999 and 2000

following a 16 per cent rise in the previous year. These changes are

probably related to the good weather in 1999 and wet weather in 2000

* car traffic on Sundays in 2000 was only 10% below that for Mondays.

The corresponding percentage for good vehicles was 76%

NOTES

1. Statistics Bulletin (01)7 Traffic in Great Britain - 2nd Quarter

2001 and Statistics Bulletin (01)19 Road Traffic Statistics: 2000 are

available from DTLR, TSR2, Zone 2/14, Great Minster House, 76 Marsham

Street, London SW1P 4DR (Tel: 020 7944 3095). Quarterly road traffic

statistics can be viewed at this internet address.

2. All quarterly estimates are subject to revision as they are based

mainly on data from 132 automatic traffic counters in the road.

3. Road traffic is one of the government's headline indicators of

sustainable development. These are a 'quality of life barometer'

measuring everyday concerns and are intended to focus public

attention on what sustainable development means and to give a broad

overview of whether we are 'achieving a better quality of life for

everyone, now and for generations to come'.

4. The next quarterly bulletin will be published on Thursday 8

November 2001.

ROAD GOODS VEHICLES TRAVELLING TO MAINLAND EUROPE QUARTER 1, 2001

The first quarter report for 2001 on the total number of vehicles

travelling to mainland Europe from Great Britain is published today.

The figures presented here are on a seasonally adjusted basis to help

identify underlying trends, especially changes between successive

quarters.

Results for the first quarter of 2001

The total number of vehicles travelling to mainland Europe rose by

7,800 from 585,100 in the fourth quarter of 2000 to 592,900 in the

first quarter of 2001.

There was a negligible increase in the number of powered vehicles

while the number of unaccompanied trailers crossing to Europe rose by

4 per cent.

The figures show that the share of all vehicles travelling to Europe,

by foreign- registered vehicles, in the first quarter of 2001, was 47

per cent, the same as in the previous quarter.

Changes from first quarter 2000 to first quarter 2001

Comparing the first quarter of 2001 with the first quarter of 2000,

the report shows that:

- * the total number of vehicles travelling to Europe rose by 20,000

to 592,900 - an increase of 3 per cent on the same quarter last

year (572,900)

- * the number of powered vehicles rose by 5 per cent, of which UK

vehicles fell by 8 per cent and foreign vehicles rose by 12 per

cent

- * there was no change in the number of unaccompanied trailers

(180,400); however the share of all vehicles accounted for by

unaccompanied trailers fell slightly from 31 per cent to 30 per

cent

International Road Haulage Statistics

The report includes a supplement of statistics from the 2000

International Road Haulage Survey (IRHS) which covers the

international activity of UK-registered heavy goods vehicles.

In 2000, UK registered vehicles carried 7.0 million tonnes of goods

out of the UK (a fall of 6 per cent since 1999) and 7.7 million

tonnes into the UK (a fall of 9 per cent since 1999). The decrease in

tonnes lifted by UK registered vehicles reflects not only a decline

in the number of lorries travelling to and from Europe, but also to a

fall in the average weight and number of consignments per trip.

NOTES

1. Road Goods Vehicles Travelling to Mainland Europe is published by

the DTLR. It is

a statistical report on the total number of vehicles travelling from

GB to mainland Europe. Survey results are broken down by country of

vehicle registration, by country of disembarkation and by UK port

group. Separate figures are given for powered vehicles and

unaccompanied trailers.

2. Powered vehicles comprise rigid vehicles, lorries with

semi-trailers (articulated units) and lorries with drawbar trailers.

(Some vehicles under 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight are also

included). Unaccompanied trailers are trailers and semi- trailers not

accompanied on the ferry by a powered unit.

3. It should be noted that several figures have been revised in this

edition of the report due to duplicate reporting of some routes. This

duplication mainly affected unaccompanied trailers and occurred from

1997 to 2000.

4. The report is available free of charge from Lisa Ayers, Transport

Statistics Freight Division, tel: 0117 372 8484.

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