Record number of cars on UK roads

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The Department for Transport's latest Road Transport figures have revealed the number of cars on UK roads has hit a record high.

According to the figures, there are now more than 30 million vehicles on Britain's roads.

The report also revealed another record has been broken, with the number of vehicle miles travelled growing by 1.1% last year, to 247.7 billion. This surpassed the previous record which was set in 2007.

Since 1995, traffic in the UK has increased by 18.6%. However, the figures show van traffic has grown more quickly when compared to any other vehicle type, increasing by 4.2% from 2014.

Motorway traffic has seen a dramatic increase of 44% in the last 10 years. In 2015 there were 66.5 billion vehicle miles of traffic in the UK. This represented a rise of 2.6% from the previous year.

Concerns have been raised over whether the UK's current road network can support this rise in traffic.

Despite the increases in the amount of traffic, the total length of roads in the UK has increased by only 2.4% and motorways have grown by less than 12%.

What's more, there are worries that the growth in traffic will increase the likelihood of crashes occurring.

Campaigns adviser for Brake, Alice Bailey, commented: "More traffic means more risks to vulnerable road users and danger to the health of both individuals and the planet."

Have you noticed an increase in the number of cars on the road?

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