By Andrew Williams,
According to statistics released by the Department of Transport, traffic volumes continued rising in 2007. The report confirms what most motorists would guess, our roads are getting increasingly congested, and journey times are getting ever longer.
However, there is some cause for optimism to be drawn from these latest figures. It seems that the growth in traffic is at least slowing down. The year on year increase since 2000 has been 1.3% per annum, but this shrank to 0.6% in 2007. In fact there was a decrease in car traffic of 1%, but this was offset by increases in light and heavy goods traffic.
So, while the days of carefree motoring may be behind us, we do seem to be moving, slowly, in the right direction.