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.
|Buses & Coaches||9,039||8,897||8,807||8,066||7,366||7,543||7,758||7,803||7,732||7,618||7,995||7,880||7,656||7,761||8,128||8,015|
|Light Goods Vehicles||64,745||64,293||65,238||67,979||70,254||70,483||69,934||74,368||75,212||74,082||73,838||77,724||78,834||82,948||89,514||93,134|
|All Motor Vehicles||590,813||593,394||596,791||578,570||593,639||587,663||588,446||599,624||591,466||594,111||582,950||598,254||589,988||600,978||617,154||619,172|
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