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M25Traffic.co.uk - August 2016 Stats - Update

We are very happy to report that our popular www.M25Traffic.co.uk website continues to grow in popularity.
Our July 2016 blog post confirmed a significant increase in users and visitors year on year.

The good news continues into August 2016 which saw increase in visitors to 71,419 compared to 54,399 in August 2015.

That's an increase of 17,020 visitors which is a 31.3% increase.




Even more important is the fact that, not only are overall visitor and user numbers up of our M25 Traffic website, but the number of return visitors is also up by over 31%. Many of the return or repeat users are coming back regularly and multiple times.

This is a good sign that our users find our site easy to use, useful and informative.

We are making further improvements to the site to keep trying to improve how useful and easy to use the website is so we hope to see even more users as those improvements are implemented.

Thank you to all our users...

M25Traffic.co.uk - Now One of Our Most Popular Traffic Websites

We are very pleased to announce that our M25 Motorway dedicated website www.M25Traffic.co.uk has seen a large increase in users over the last year.

M25 Traffic is now one of our most popular websites with over 52,000 visitors and users of the site in June 2015 compared to approximately 12,000 last June.

That equates to an increase of 40,000 monthly visitors year on year or a rise of 433% comparing June 2015 to June 2014.


M25Traffic.co.uk features the latest M25 Traffic News plus Twitter posts by various #M25 Twitter posters making the M25 traffic website a great collection of M25 traffic news and traffic updates for our M25 users and searchers.

You can search for the latest M25 traffic news by Junction at the M25 traffic search facility. 

If you are an M25 motorway user we hope you will find our dedicated M25 website useful and helpful for finding the latest M25 traffic updates and news.


Finding All The Latest Traffic News For Today

http://www.Twitter.com/UKTrafficNewsI wanted to write a blog post about how to use the UK Traffic News website to find all the latest traffic news for today.

You may have ended up at the blog post because you asked the question:

"Where can I find all the latest traffic news for today?"

And here you are!

Right a very quick run down for you about how you can use the UK Traffic News website to find todays latest traffic news, quickly and easily. 

We cover all the latest major motorways in the UK and other major roads. Our news is sourced from the Highways Agency which is one of the most trustworthy traffic data providers in the sector.

You can search for all the latest traffic news relevant to today for the motorways, regions or roads that you are interested very easily on our website. 

There are dedicated pages for most of the major motorways and regions.

Plus you can use our "latest traffic news updates" section and either use drop down selectors for roads or regions or simply type in the keywords you are looking for e.g. A34 for example.

If you know details about your road such as the M4 runs east west you can add other search factors such as M4 Westbound.

A bit of playing with it and experimenting and you will soon find out how to use our latest traffic news updates section to filter the traffic news that is relevant to you. 

The traffic news on UK Traffic News is updated by the minute throughout the day and night. 

We work hard to constantly improve the website and resources. 

You can follow us on Twitter.com/UKTrafficNews or like us on Facebook if you like what we are doing to make finding the latest traffic news easy. 


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.


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!

Motorway Traffic News

One of the main sections on UK Traffic News are our motorway sections.

There are dedicated pages and sections of our website for many of the major motorways around the UK.

There are sections for motorway traffic reports if you want the latest motorway incidents, roadworks and other traffic updates for motorways.

And we have information about when each motorway was built, how long the motorway where it runs from an to and other information about the motorways in the UK