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UK's Top 10 Busiest Roads

There are different ways of measuring traffic levels.

Annual Average Daily Flow or AADF for short is one and Traffic Volume is a second way.

Annual Average Daily Flow (AADF) is the daily vehicle average over the course of a year on a particular stretch of road.

Traffic Volume is the total volume of traffic on a stretch of road for the whole year and is calculated by multiplying AADF x  length of road x 365 (or 366 in a leap year).

Graph of the UK's Top 10 Busiest Roads During 2013




The graph shows the top 10 UK business roads reading the colour coded descriptions from left to right and downwards.

This above graph actually refers to the top 10 busiest sections of UK roads, highlighting the traffic hotspots.

So the M25 around Junctions 14 and 15 where to two busiest stretches of UK road during 2013.

In fact the M25 between junctions 11 and 16 are the top 5 busiest strectchs of road in the UK with annual average daily flow of all vehicles from 187,116 vehicles at M25 Junction 11 and 12 up to 227,585 vehicles on the Junction 14 to 15 stretch.

As you can see on a map of the M25 junctions these stretches of the M25 motorway run up and down the western side of the M25 around the Heathrow area.

Around 72.3 Million passengers arrived at or departed from Heathrow during 2013, which was Heathrow's busiest year on record, of which 26 million or 37% never left the airport taking connecting flights. That still leaves just over 46 million passengers exiting Heathrow airport into the local area during 2013 of which are fair proportion would travel by road. The busiest day on record at Heathrow was 30 June 2013 with 238,949 passengers that day. The average 63% leaving the airport would have meant that around 150,000 exited or aarrived at Heathrow that day, some on public transport into London and others entering the road network locally.

On top of the passangers travelling in and out of Heathrow are the people employed at Heathrow. There are approximately 77,000 people working within the Heathrow Airport boundaries and many more in the local area making the western side of the M25 motorway a very busy stretch of motorway.

The M1 Junctions 7 and 8 (Hatfield and Hemel Hempstead) was the 6th busiest stretch of UK road.

The M60 motorway around Manchester at Junctions 12 and 13 was the 7th busiest stretch of UK road where it connects to the M62 motoway to Liverpool.

The remaining top three of the top 10 busiest stretches of UK roads are on on the western side of the M25 motorway.

Cars and taxi cabs far outnumbering other vehicle types.

List of Top 10 Busiest Roads


A list of roads that have the busiest traffic at some part of that road the list of the top 10 busiest roads would be as follows:

  1. M25 (various junctions)
  2. M1 (junctions 7 and 8 and other junctions)
  3. M60 (junctions 12 and 13 and other junctions)
  4. M8 (junctions 4 to 6)
  5. M4 (junctions 4 and 4B and other junctions)
  6. M6 (junctions 20 and 21 and other junctions)
  7. M56 (junctions 3 and 4)
  8. M61 (junctions 2 and 3)
  9. A406 (Redbridge and Waltham Forest)
  10. M42 (junctions 6 to 7A)
But as some of these individual roads stretch a long way with quieter and busier sections a list of this type does not really accurately pin point the traffic hot spots in the same way.

Traffic statistics are based on Department for Transport figures and Heathrow figures are based on Heathrow Airports public facts and figures.


The Number of Fatal Accidents on UK Roads Has Fallen Over the Last 20 years

Every death on UK roads is a tragegy and so many could have been avoided with more care by drivers and other road users.

The number of fatal accidents has dropped over the last 20 years quite substantially which is good progess but we can do better.



In 1992 the number of fatal accidents on UK roads was 4,992.

In 2012 the number of fatal accidents had fallen to 1,754 which is a drop of 35% in 20 years.

Drive carefully, stay alert and be considerate to other road users and hopefully we can all see the number of fatalities keep falling over the next 20 years.

New Motoring Forum on UK Traffic News

We have this month launched our motoring discussion forum for UK Traffic News users.

Online motoring forums are a great place to ask motoring related questions and find answers to motoring issues.

Our new discussion forum can be found at www.uktrafficnews.co.uk/forum

There are forum categories for most motoring issues, motor insurance, service and repairs, user submitted car reviews and recommendations and a host of other useful motoring categories.

That's take a for instance?

Google Maps as Talking Sat Nav on your mobile phone?

The Google Maps app for your mobile phone is free to download and install on your mobile for your app store.

We have been trying it out and found it pretty useful as a free talking sat nav free app.

You can see our comments and let us know if you think the Google Maps talking sat nav app is any good here in the forum.

Online discussion forums are a very handy place to ask questions of other users and find answers.

Sharing information to help other people find answers to their motoring questions and finding answers to yours.

Get posting and try out our brand new motoring forum.



 

 

What is the Ratio of Different Types of Vehicles on UK Roads?

OK so we have previously posted in our blog that as of 2013 cars made up around 83% of the 35 Million vehicles registered and licensed for use on UK roads according to DVLA statistics.

But what is the ratio between different types of vehicles?

Cars actually made up 83.2% of vehicles on UK roads in 2013.

HGV's just 1.3% although it might not feel like it at times!

Bus and coaches 0.5%

Vans 9.6% (otherwise known a tailgaters)

Motorcycles 3.5%

Since 1994 cars have increased by 37%, vans (and light goods vehicles) have increased by 57% and motorcycles by 69%

There was a higher rate of increase in motorcycles up to 2010 but the % motorcycles to overall vehicles has declined slightly since 2010, the same applies to HGVs and buses with only cars and vans increasing year on year since 1994.

Since approximately the year 2000 vans as a % of overall vehicles have increased at a faster rate than other vehicle types.

Adaptive Cruise Control how does it work?

Following Google's announcement and our blog post yesterday about Google's plan to expand their self driving cars technology we thought we'd add a post about another relatively recent automated driving development - "adaptive cruise control" or ACC for short.

Volkswagen has been one of the leading car manufacturers to add adaptive cruise control as an option for many of its models.

Adaptive cruise control uses radar controlled front assist traffic monitoring systems to monitor the distance from the car or vehicle in front.

The older technology of ordinary cruise control simply keeps the car or vehicle at a steady speed.

However adaptive cruise control as it monitors the distance to the vehicle in front and reduces or increases the speed of your vehicle to maintain a steady distance from the car in front to help avoid collisions.

For drivers who regularly undertake long journeys adaptive cruise control can make those journeys more comfortable avoiding that right leg ache you can get maintaining the accelerator pedal in a fairly steady position.

How does adaptive cruise control work?

The ACC radar in Volkswagen's at least has a range of up to 200 metres and the angle of the radar beam is 12 degrees.

The radar sensor is located in the front of the car and calculates the distance to the vehicle in front and your cars relative speed to it. The ACC system also calculates the location of your car on multilane roads.

Adaptive cruise control does not however mean that a driver does not need to be fully aware of what's going on around him or her.

However many ACC systems do not detect crash barriers or stationary vehicles or objects in front, so if there is a queue of stationary cars in front the driver still needs to be alert and break manually when needed. It is not quite yet fully automated driving more driving assistance.

However adaptive cruise control is no doubt safer than non-adaptive cruise control.

It isn't likely to be that long before adaptive cruise control combines with other technologies to monitor stationary objects and vehicles or pedestrians to assist the driver even further.

Google to start building self driving cars

Hot off the press is motoring news that Google is to start building "self driving" cars aimed at developing self drive cars for the public.

Google's self driving electric cars will be limited to around 25mph initially for safety.

The cars will only have a stop start button, no other controls including no stearing wheel, no accelerator or brake pedals and will navigate using Google maps.

The electric cars are designed to be pedestrian friendly with flexible windsreen instead of glass and softer front for pedestrian safety.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin told reporters that the firm is to make 100 prototype cars that drive themselves however it is thought unlikely that Google will start mass producing cars for resale and is more likely to work with other car manufacturers to bring self drive electric cars to market safely.

Google's self driving cars navigate their surroundings using a combination of GPS, laser and camera data.

There are hurdles to overcome such as which roads, in which American states, Google will be allowed to test the self drive cars as Google develops it's self drive cars project.

Plus who is liabile in the event of a accident?

Self Drive cars are only likely to be practical in city centres initially where road speeds are lower, pollution, congestion and road safety for pedestrians is a focus of attention.

For motorway driving adaptive cruise control which regulates distance from the car in front is already available in production cars in the UK with Volkswagen being one of the leaders in adaptive cruise control.

Chart of UK Vehicles to UK Population 1992 to 2012

The following is a chart of the number of vehicles registered for use on UK roads to the number of UK population between 1992 and 2012.




The number of vehicles registered on UK roads has increased by 9.6 million between 1992 and 2012 or a rise of 38.5%.

The number of people living in the UK has increased by 6 million between 1992 and 2012 or a rise of 10.7%.

20 years ago vehicles to population percentage was 44.5%

in 2012 the ratio of vehicles to population had increased to 55.7% and increase of 11% on 1992.

The rise in two car families contributing to the increase in cars registered on UK roads in the last 20 years.

So What is The Most Popular Car in the UK?

The most common car in Great Britain is the Ford Focus (I was very suprised to read that) of which there are around 1.5 Million are licensed on UK roads.

The Ford Fiesta (not so suprised) comes a close second at 1.3 Million.

UK Figures source, the DVLA for the year 2013.

What Is The Ratio of Male to Female Drivers in the UK?

The "White Van Man" predominately male driving "professions" mean that there are a lot more male drivers than female drivers when you also take into account lorry drivers and other factors, right?

A caveat here on the use of the word "profession" based on the crazy tailgating, speeding and generally dangerous driving you can see daily on UK roads by van drivers no doubt in a hurry. Apologies to those van drivers who do actually care about other road users and their safety of course you too often appear the exceptions sadly.

Number of Female Drivers in the UK


Interestingly the DVLA statistics show that 40% of the 29 Million or so private cars in the UK have a female registered keeper and as per the previous post cars are around 83% (2013) of licenced vehicles on the road.

There has been a 72% increase of female registered keepers since 1994 compared to a rise of 21% for males in the same period.

There are are now a greater % of female drivers that ever before.

Ratio of Male to Females in the UK


Department of Health statistics for 2013 show that the ratio of male to female births in the UK were approximately 51 male to 49% female which has been fairly consistent over the last six years or so at least.

In 2007 statistics show there were around 61Million people in the UK of which approximately 51% were male and 49% female.

The Office for National Statistics estimate the total UK population as 63.7 Million in Mid 2012 being an increase of 0.7% or around 420,000 on the previous year.

UK Traffic News Only Features Current Traffic News Relevant Today

We've noticed at UK traffic news that changes to Google's search algorithm have affected "news" related searches and increasingly meant that over the last year or so many websites that claim to be showing current traffic news are showing extremely out of date traffic news.

You may have noticed that Google has placed a far greater emphasis on local radio stations and local newspaper websites as being more prominently featured in "news" related searches.

We had a look today for instance around the web and found news posted on a Surrey newspaper featuring prominently in Google was only relevant to 15 April which is four weeks ago we have seen that a lot recently. Crazy.

Why is this? Local radio stations and newspapers are trying to get online and post static pages that Google tends to favour.

However traffic news is fluid and changing NOT STATIC! and that is the reason for the weakness in Google's search results, featuring old outdated static pages.

Our static pages at UK Traffic News show the ever changing current traffic news on them that is constantly updated throughout the date and night and do not show old fixed posts about specific incidents that go out of date very quickly.

See our Bing and Yahoo recommendation below because of this flaw in Google's "news" listings. Bing and Yahoo have not made the same mistake, yet at least and hopefully won't.

Today's traffic news

We would like to emphasise that at UK traffic news we only aims to feature current traffic news relevant to today or in the case of roadworks are publicly notified roadworks that are planned.

Today's 's motorway traffic news and today's regional traffic news from around the UK

It is a shame that a large company such as Google would make such a fundamental mistake, in our opinion, in its search algorithm and would give such great prominence to out of date "news" when that news is clearly old news that is no longer relevant. The opposite we suspect of what Google was trying to achieve but probably will be very slow to recognise and correct.

It seems obvious that Google has reviewed news related sites and has decided that local newspapers and local radio stations should be given preference as the place to find news.

While this might be true for their on-air statements or current hard copy news it certainly is not true if you do a web search and take a look at their websites. A lot of it is old hat now.

Hopefully Google will realise that they are not actually featuring current news by this change in their search algorithm.

It is particularly true of traffic news.

At UK traffic news we don't create pages that feature old news that will be indexed by the search engines and only make searches for people looking for traffic news more difficult by being affected by lots of old now to date news.

Traffic Search Recommendation

For this reason we recommend Bing.com or Yahoo.co.uk that have not made the same mistake and feature more up to date "traffic news" related searches not giving undue preference to local radio stations or local paper websites.

Of course we would rather you used UK Traffic News for your traffic updates and information we are working hard to only show you current traffic news for TODAY!