Dorset traffic profile for 2000 to 2016

Download all street-level traffic data for Dorset 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 92 92 92 92 92 92 92 92 92 92 92 86 86 86 86 86 86
Pedal Cycles 3,378 2,583 2,314 2,018 1,960 1,894 2,221 1,875 2,721 2,853 2,861 2,674 2,445 2,728 2,400 2,302 2,230
Motorcycles 15,923 16,162 16,437 17,519 15,537 15,309 14,960 14,689 15,777 16,044 14,754 15,472 12,867 12,774 13,876 13,210 12,141
Cars 1,015,781 1,050,511 1,082,369 1,096,518 1,084,249 1,104,498 1,117,012 1,079,353 1,065,675 1,067,224 1,030,855 1,007,502 980,909 1,002,479 1,007,439 1,017,041 1,040,634
Buses & Coaches 9,047 9,215 9,908 9,302 8,234 8,740 9,577 9,232 9,485 9,444 9,331 8,919 9,030 8,682 8,811 8,586 8,254
Light Goods Vehicles 134,990 142,427 144,574 153,159 157,264 164,496 171,229 184,030 175,360 175,342 177,803 179,381 181,914 187,861 197,976 209,167 217,319
All HGVs 60,994 61,587 62,169 60,836 59,154 59,946 60,509 61,363 59,759 54,858 53,878 52,419 50,786 49,964 50,431 53,569 53,321
All Motor Vehicles 1,236,735 1,279,902 1,315,457 1,337,333 1,324,438 1,352,989 1,373,288 1,348,668 1,326,055 1,322,912 1,286,621 1,263,693 1,235,509 1,261,760 1,278,534 1,301,573 1,331,669

All motor vehicles on major roads 2000 to 2016

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