Traffic in Britain hits new high

Traffic in Britain hits new high

Britain's roads were busier than ever last year, according to new data, while congestion continued to grow.

The Department for Transport (DfT) reveals motorists covered a total of 317.8 billion miles in 2015, up 2.2% on the previous year.

It is also 1.1% higher than the pre-recession peak recorded in the year ending September 2007.

Van traffic grew faster than any other type of vehicle, climbing 6.1% year-on-year to 47.7 billion miles, as deliveries of goods bought online soared.

Car traffic increased by 1.7% to 248.6 billion miles, as drivers spent more time behind the wheel getting from A to B.

But there are growing fears that higher levels of traffic could lead to gridlock across the country, especially in cities and on major roads.

Separate figures published by the DfT show that average speeds on A roads during the morning rush hour have fallen for nearly four years. Drivers travelled at an average of 23.4mph in the year ending in December 2015, down from 25.4mph in the year to March 2012.

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