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Scottish road traffic continues to fall

Traffic volumes decreased on Scotland’s roads by 1.7% from 2009 to 2010, continuing a downward trend since 2007, according to figures released by the Scottish government last week.

The estimated total volume of traffic on Scotland’s roads in 2010, measured as the distance traveled by road users, was 43bn vehicle-km — 1.7% less than 2009 and continuing the downward trend from a peak of 44.6bn vehicle-km in 2007.

Air travel also dropped by 7% at Scotland’s airports in 2010, down to 20.9M journeys. However, rail traffic was increasing, with ScotRail patronage rising by 1.8% from 2009 to 78.29M in 2010/11 — an increase of 22% since 2004/05.

Results showed 66.6% of freight lifted in Scotland is by road, a slight fall from a peak of 71% in 2007. Some 5% is carried by rail, 13% by pipeline and the rest by water.

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  • Barry Walton

    Or, to put another way, road transport in Scotland is greater than it was in 2004/05 and from the Government report, 'Estimates for major roads (Motorways and A roads) show the volume of traffic on major roads has doubled between 1983 and 2010 - growth being more rapid for Motorways than for A roads (due in part to the expansion of the Motorway network).' and rail, if you can establish a sensible relationship between the units used, remains a marginal transport means.

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