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Decade low for summer road traffic

Some heavy traffic congestion09/11/12

By Daniel Machin

A combination of poor weather and the attraction of the Olympics might have contributed to a decline in traffic levels during the summer, claims the Department for Transport (DfT).

Motor vehicle traffic fell by 1 per cent between July and September this year compared to the same period in 2011 - the lowest levels for the time frame since 2001.

Rural A-roads and motorways were the only type of roads to witness an increase in traffic as all other types experienced a contraction, with the biggest decline being a 7.9 per cent reduction on urban roads.

Traffic in light goods vehicles rose by 2 per cent this summer, but all other types of vehicle saw traffic levels fall.

Car levels were down by 1.1 per cent, while the category including motorcycles, buses and coaches saw a 10.8 per cent fall in traffic levels.

Meanwhile, heavy goods vehicle traffic dropped 2.9 per cent to its lowest summer level since 1993.

The DfT said poor weather might have put people off making leisure trips and could also have contributed to the lower level of motorcycle traffic.

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