Why it’s silly – not Scilly – on the roads of Lon­don bor­oughs

Roads are busiest in UK, Hilling­don has av­er­age 7,718 ve­hi­cles per day

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HOUN­SLOW’S roads are the busiest in the coun­try ac­cord­ing to Govern­ment data.

Statis­tics from the Depart­ment for Trans­port (DfT) re­vealed 2015 was a record year for the num­ber of cars on Britain’s roads, with the heav­i­est traf­fic in Houn­slow.

The fig­ures showed, on a typ­i­cal day in 2015, 8,240 ve­hi­cles used the av­er­age road in the Lon­don bor­ough – the high­est fig­ure of any lo­cal au­thor­ity – fol­lowed by Sal­ford in Manch­ester with 8,036 ve­hi­cles.

How­ever, traf­fic on Houn­slow’s roads has ac­tu­ally de­clined by 7.9% since 1993.

Neigh­bour­ing bor­ough Hilling­don was also in the top five na­tion­ally for traf­fic last year 7,718 ve­hi­cles on av­er­age road per day.

At the other end of the scale in west Lon­don, Har­row recorded the qui­etest roads with 3,289 ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling on the av­er­age road on any given day. ar­eas heavy with the

But it was the Isles of Scilly which had the light­est traf­fic with just 184 ve­hi­cles a day on the av­er­age road – more than 40 times qui­eter than Houn­slow.

Across Britain, the av­er­age stretch of road saw 3,529 ve­hi­cles in 2015, the high­est on record, up from 3,473 in 2014.

Brake, the road safety char­ity, says the fig­ures show road use reached a peak last year and this demon­strates a grow­ing risk of col­li­sions hap­pen­ing.

It added that the use of buses was ‘wor­ry­ingly low’, while cy­cling had also de­creased.

Cam­paigns ad­viser Alice Bailey said: “These new fig­ures show our mes­sage of “drive less live more” is more per­ti­nent than ever.

“We have record car us­age in the UK along with all the con­ges­tion and pol­lu­tion this brings. More traf­fic means more risks to vul­ner­a­ble road users and dan­ger to the health in­di­vid­u­als planet.

“To see a re­duc­tion in lev­els of ve­hi­cle use, we need ev­ery­one to se­ri­ously con­sider if they re­ally need to make that jour­ney by car and al­ways walk, cy­cle or use pub­lic trans­port if they can.” of and both the

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