quarter of 2001 and the same quarter of 2002. The rise partly
reflects the impact of the foot and mouth disease on traffic in the
first quarter of 2001. It is estimated that the underlying rate of
These figures, and analyses by vehicle type and road class, are
published today in Traffic in Great Britain - 1st Quarter 2002. Key
- Car traffic levels rose by about three per cent comparing the
first quarter of 2001 to the same period of 2002. The level of goods
vehicle traffic rose by two per cent over the same period.
- Motorway traffic rose by three per cent over the year to the first
quarter, whilst traffic on non built-up minor roads was up four per
- Pedal cycle traffic fell by four per cent between 2000 and 2001.
1. Statistics Bulletin (02)6 Traffic in Great Britain - 1st Quarter
2002 is 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 here .
2. The quarterly estimates are based mainly on data from 132
automatic traffic counters in the road and are subject to revision.
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 August