Cars, taxis and vans are the biggest source of pollution in the UK, with Britons clocking up a record 502 BILLION miles on the road
- Official figures have revealed that Britain’s gridlocked roads are busier than ever
- Cars, taxis and vans travelled a whopping 416.3billion miles over 2017
- Around 27% were by commuters while 40% of journeys were for leisure activities
Britain’s gridlocked roads are busier than ever, official figures showed yesterday.
Vehicle numbers have continued to increase and drivers have clocked up the highest number of miles on record.
Britain’s increasingly frantic transport network has seen it become the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions, overtaking the energy sector for the first time.
Despite moves to cut down on car use in urban areas and increase low-emission vehicles, government figures show that road use is at an all-time high.
Britain’s increasingly frantic transport network has seen it become the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions
Campaigners said yesterday that the lack of progress to link up different methods of travel, and so cut pollution, was ‘lamentable’.
The Transport Statistics Great Britain report, produced for the Department for Transport, shows that UK travellers clocked up 502billion miles in 2017.
Their journeys in cars, taxis and vans made up 83 per cent of the total, and they travelled 416.3billion miles last year compared with 413.8billion in 2016.
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Around 27 per cent of journeys were made by commuters, with some 40 per cent for leisure activities, the figures showed.
There were 37.8million licensed vehicles on the roads last year. Of this total, 80.9 per cent were cars, 11.7 per cent were light goods vehicles and 3.7 per cent were motorcycles. Lorries, buses and coaches made up the rest.
A total of 32.16million cars were licensed in the UK in 2017, up from 31.79million the previous year.
Low emission vehicles, such as electric and hybrid cars, made up 1.7 per cent of newly registered vehicles.
The energy sector produced 113.7million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in 2016, while transport produced 124.4million tonnes.
Critics questioned whether the Government was doing enough to stimulate environmentally friendly travel.
Around 27 per cent of journeys were made by commuters, with some 40 per cent for leisure activities
Edmund King, president of the AA, said the statistics proved that ‘the car is king’ in the UK. He said: ‘That is not a triumph of motoring but a reflection of reality: flexible, cost-effective, personal and safe.
‘It is lamentable that for all the pontificating about the sins of driving, the alternatives continue to fail to evolve.
‘For years, the AA has called for ‘joined-up thinking’ that combines the benefits of car use with public transport hubs offering inner city travel at the right place, at the right price.
‘It can be done, as Cambridge has shown with a park and ride service that now transports 4.1million passengers a year, helping to reduce average journey times into the city.
‘Sadly, too many councils seem more keen on the money they can get out of motorists than coming up with viable alternatives that fit in with daily routines.’
The Department for Transport said: ‘We are investing a record £23billion on our roads to reduce congestion and make journeys better for motorists.
‘We are giving councils record amounts of capital funding – more than £7.1billion up to 2021. We will also be spending £28.8billion between 2020 and 2025 to improve England’s most strategically important roads.
‘A £2.5billion fund will also see innovative public transport schemes developed to further tackle congestion in some of England’s biggest cities.’
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