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
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