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Road traffic estimates in Great Britain, 2023

The government has announced figures detailing the amount of road traffic experienced in on the Strategic Road Network (SRN) in the UK in 2023.  

The SRN is made up of the motorways and major trunk roads in England that are managed by National Highways (previously Highways England and Highways Agency) and made up 2.4% of England’s road network and carried 33.9% of all motorised traffic in England. 

The SRN is particularly important for freight, with over one third of van miles and over two-thirds of lorry miles in England being driven on the SRN.  

In 2023, the SRN comprised approximately 4,555 miles of road (2.4% of the English network). This equates to a SRN traffic increase of 2.3% compared to 2022, carrying 95.8 billion vehicle miles of traffic.

2023 SRN traffic estimates remain lower than those for before the pandemic (down by 1.0% when compared to 2019) while traffic on England’s local authority managed roads, compared to 2022, increased by 2.6% on motorways and ‘A’ roads. 

There was a 1.8% increase on minor roads overall and traffic estimates for local authority roads remain lower than those for 2019 pre-pandemic levels. They were 3.5% lower on local authority managed motorways and ‘A’ roads and 2.8% lower on locally managed minor roads. 


Published On: 30/05/2024 15:00:00


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