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TRAFFIC UP THREE PER CENT IN FIRST QUARTER OF 2002

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Estimated traffic levels rose by three per cent between the first ...
Estimated traffic levels rose by three per cent between the first

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

growth continues to be about 1 to 1.5 per cent per year.

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

published today in Traffic in Great Britain - 1st Quarter 2002. Key

points include:

- 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

cent.

- Pedal cycle traffic fell by four per cent between 2000 and 2001.

NOTES

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

2002.

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