Essex traffic profile for 2000 to 2016

Download all street-level traffic data for Essex from 2000 to 2016. About traffic data.

Traffic figures at the regional and national level are robust, and are reported as National Statistics. However, DfT’s traffic estimates for individual road links and small areas are less robust, as they are not always based on up-to-date counts made at these locations. Where other more up-to-date sources of traffic data are available (e.g. from local highways authorities), this may provide a more accurate estimate of traffic at these locations.

It is the responsibility of the user to decide which data are most appropriate for their purpose, and if DfT road link level traffic estimates are used, to make a note of the limitations in any published material.

DfT’s road link level traffic estimates are calculated using a variety of methods, with some methods likely to produce more accurate estimates than others.

The data tables available to download here contain two columns - Estimation_method and Estimation_method_detailed – showing the method used to estimate traffic for each location and year. Figures having an estimation method of “Counted” are likely to be more accurate than those marked as “Estimated”, and the latter should be used with caution.


Total traffic on major roads, in thousand vehicle miles, from 2000 to 2016

Year 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Count points 243 243 243 245 244 247 247 247 246 246 246 246 245 245 248 249 249
Pedal Cycles 5,619 4,955 4,607 4,961 4,147 3,543 4,807 3,857 4,892 5,031 5,103 5,353 5,061 5,243 5,017 4,980 5,034
Motorcycles 41,163 43,303 42,596 45,344 38,730 38,110 37,789 37,316 35,768 37,306 33,891 34,976 31,789 31,338 33,289 33,598 32,998
Cars 3,583,817 3,678,395 3,631,648 3,680,045 3,769,057 3,754,525 3,763,276 3,875,410 3,794,717 3,935,696 3,740,006 3,818,892 3,874,042 3,876,120 3,981,083 4,052,949 4,176,579
Buses & Coaches 26,514 25,058 25,323 24,018 24,278 23,294 26,173 26,314 23,979 22,465 23,196 21,865 22,347 21,632 23,036 23,119 21,426
Light Goods Vehicles 555,562 583,300 551,358 549,333 586,099 617,363 645,591 707,996 720,562 677,795 643,123 740,148 754,836 771,192 850,078 899,827 941,769
All HGVs 394,821 397,345 425,293 419,209 439,271 442,769 440,491 438,758 421,018 426,557 441,985 410,133 378,001 384,255 398,432 422,627 430,540
All Motor Vehicles 4,601,876 4,727,398 4,676,217 4,717,950 4,857,435 4,876,064 4,913,320 5,085,794 4,996,043 5,099,818 4,882,199 5,026,016 5,061,016 5,084,543 5,285,918 5,432,120 5,603,313

All motor vehicles on major roads 2000 to 2016

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