Great Britain fell by 0.7 per cent from 150 billion tonne kilometres
in 2000 to 149 billion tonne kilometres in 2001, Transport of Goods by
Road in Great Britain: 2001, published today, shows.
Other key findings from this annual bulletin include:
- tonnes lifted fell by 0.8 per cent from 1,593 million tonnes in
2000 to 1,581 million tonnes in 2001;
- the average length of haul was 94 km, unchanged from 2000; the
increase in average length of haul for articulated vehicles - from
134 km to 136 km - was offset by a decline from 49 km to 47 km for
- the total number of vehicle kilometres fell by 3.4 per cent from
22,990 million km in 2000 to 22,207 million km in 2001;
- tonne kilometres grew by 20 per cent between 1991 and 2001 which
was less than the rise in GDP (30 per cent).
1. The Continuing Survey of Road Goods Transport (CSRGT) is based on
a weekly sample of heavy goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle
weight. In 2001 questionnaires were sent to the registered keepers of
about 19,000 vehicles, an average of around 360 vehicles per week.
The questionnaire records the activity of each vehicle during one
week. The sample allows estimation of total road haulage activity in
2. The Transport Statistics Bulletin, The Transport of Goods by Road
in Great Britain 2001, is available from DTLR on 020 7944 4442.