UK traffic growth comes to a halt

Traffic growth ground to a halt in the third quarter of 1998 according to figures released this week by the Department of Trade and Environment.

Provisional figures for the third quarter of 1998 from the DETR show the first halt to traffic growth for a number of years and follows a slowing down in traffic growth noted in recent quarters.

Key provisional results in the latest statistical bulletin of Traffic in Great Britain show that:

– both car and goods vehicle traffic levels were about the same as they were one year previously

– motorway traffic was about two percent higher than in the third quarter of 1997

– traffic on minor non built-up roads fell by as much as five per cent over the same period.

Traffic in Britain is a quarterly publication which includes analyses by vehicle type and road class.

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