Vehicle numbers increase to 34 million in 2010.

The Department for Transport recently published the latest transport statistics for Great Britain. The main points  of the report are:

  • Over the long term there has been an increase in total passenger distance travelled driven mainly by an increase in the distance travelled by road, and in particular by cars, vans and taxis, although there was a fall in 2010.
  • There were 2 million air transport movements (take-offs and landings) in 2010, 6% fewer than in 2009.
  • Freight handled at UK airports increased by 14% to 2.3 million tonnes, following a sharp fall in 2009.
  • Between 1990 and 2009 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transport have increased by 13% whilst total GHG emissions have fallen by 25% over the same period.
  • In 2009, the level of domestic freight was at broadly the same level as in 1991, at around 215 billion tonnes kilometres.
  • UK sea ports handled 512 million tonnes of freight in 2010, 2 per cent more than in 2009 but 12 per cent below the peak in 2005.
  • Since privatisation (1994/95), the number of franchised journeys made by national rail has increased by 84 per cent, from 0.7 billion to 1.4 billion in 2010/11.
  • The 1.6 per cent fall between 2009 and 2010 means that motor vehicle traffic has now fallen for three consecutive years for the first time since records began in 1949. However, traffic levels in 2010 were 6.2 per cent higher than in 2000.
  • In 2010, the number of reported road casualties of all severities was 39 per cent lower than in 1990, although traffic has grown by 20 per cent over the same period.
  • The number of licensed motor vehicles in Great Britain has increased from about 4 million in 1950 to over 34 million in 2010.

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