Traffic on British roads down 2.1%

British roads saw 2.1% less traffic during the first three months of this year compared to the same period last year, provisional Government figures have shown.

Statistics from the Department for Transport (DfT) revealed that during the quarter, car traffic and heavy goods vehicle traffic fell 3% and 2% respectively, but van traffic was up by 2% from January-March 2009.

Traffic on motorways and rural A-roads registered a 2% decrease, while it remained unchanged on urban A-roads. On minor rural as well as urban roads, traffic was down by 3% year-on-year, the DfT figures show.

Time eaten up by travelling had also fallen, according to the statistics. The average delay on the slowest 10% of journeys on England's motorways and major A-roads declined to 3.65 minutes for the 12 months ending March 2010, compared with the 3.90 minutes seen during the 12 months ending March 2008.

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