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UK — Transport Statistics: Road Freight Statistics 2010

October 30, 2011 Comments off

Transport Statistics: Road Freight Statistics 2010
Source: Department for Transport

This release presents statistics on domestic activity of GB-registered Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) and the international activity of UK-registered HGVs. This information is collected through the Department’s three continuous surveys of road freight activity, the Continuing Survey of Road Goods Transport Great Britain (CSRGT GB), the Continuing Survey of Road Goods Transport Northern Ireland (CSRGT NI) and the International Road Haulage Survey (IRHS).

An additional release presents some broader economic, environmental and safety statistics for the road freight industry, from Department for Transport sources, and data from other Departments such as the Office for National Statistics.

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Reported road casualties in Great Britain: annual report 2010

September 30, 2011 Comments off

Reported road casualties in Great Britain: annual report 2010
Source: Department for Transport

This publication presents detailed statistics about the circumstances of personal injury accidents, including the types of vehicles involved, the resulting casualties and factors which may contribute to accidents. In addition to detailed tables there are six articles containing further analysis on specific road safety topics.

Most of the statistics in the publication are based on information about accidents reported to the police. However, other sources such as mortality, survey and hospital data are also used as well as population and traffic data to provide a wider context.

UK — Port freight statistics: 2010 final figures

September 30, 2011 Comments off

Port freight statistics: 2010 final figures
Source: Department for Transport

This publication presents final detailed statistics on freight handled by major UK ports. It updates and expands on provisional statistics published in June. These outputs replace the port freight statistics previously published in the Maritime Statistics compendium. A look-up table cross-referencing tables from Maritime Statistics and other printed publications with the new web tables is available with the tables below.

UK — Government sets out vision for electric vehicle infrastructure

July 22, 2011 Comments off

Government sets out vision for electric vehicle infrastructure
Source: Department for Transport

Making the Connection: the Plug-In Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy – identifies how recharging infrastructure will develop in a way that is targeted, convenient and safe.

It sets out the steps that Government, as part of its £400m programme to support ultra-low emission vehicles, and industry will take to support an infrastructure that encourages the majority of recharging at home, at night, and after the peak in electricity demand, supported by workplace charging for commuters and fleets, and a targeted amount of public infrastructure.

The Transport Secretary also announced that the Renault Fluence has become the tenth vehicle now eligible for the Plug-in Car Grant – a generous consumer grant of up to £5,000.

The strategy outlines support for plug-in vehicle infrastructure through;

  • Ensuring plug-in vehicles are an attractive choice for the motorist – e.g. ensuring that Britain’s smart metering is implemented so that cars can charge when it’s cheapest for the consumer; providing comprehensive information through a National Chargepoint Registry so when a motorist needs to use a public chargepoint they know where to find one; ensuring systems are in place so that all chargepoints can be used by all motorists; and challenging industry to resolve, by the end of the year a range of technical issues that will allow the market to grow in the UK.
  • Making it easier for private enterprise to provide recharging infrastructure by removing regulatory barriers – e.g. establishing a Permitted Development Right for chargepoints so they no longer need planning permission; and Ofgem will consult this year on an exemption that makes it clear that charge point owners and operators can sell electricity via chargepoints at the market rate;
  • Proposing the inclusion of policy on plug-in vehicle infrastructure in the National Planning Policy Framework, due for consultation next month, to encourage local authorities to consider adopting policies to include plug-in vehicle recharging infrastructure in new domestic, workplace and retail developments.

+ Full Document

UK — New transparency rules for speed cameras

June 29, 2011 Comments off

New transparency rules for speed cameras
Source: Department for Transport

Full information about speed cameras will be published by local authorities and the police for the first time, Road Safety Minister Mike Penning announced today.

Figures showing the numbers of accidents and casualties at camera sites – both before and after cameras were installed – will be published by local authorities.

And police forces will publish the number of speeding prosecutions arising from each camera in their area, as well as force-wide information about whether offenders are fined, complete a speed awareness course or are taken to court.

+ Speed camera information

UK — Transport Statistics: Port Provisional Statistics: Q1 2011 and 2010 summary

June 15, 2011 Comments off

Transport Statistics: Port Provisional Statistics: Q1 2011 and 2010 summary
Source: Department for Transport

The key findings:

    Provisional Quarterly Port Statistics (Last updated: March 2011)

  • Total port traffic (tonnage) for the year ending Q4 2010 was 2 per cent up on the year ending Q4 2009.
  • The number of units handled for the year ending Q4 2010 was up 3 per cent on the year ending Q4 2009.

Annual Port Statistics (Last updated: September 2010)

  • In 2009, total freight traffic through UK ports was 501 million tonnes (Mt), a drop of 11 per cent on 2008.
  • Inwards traffic fell by 12 per cent to 304 Mt, whilst outwards traffic fell by 9 per cent to 197 Mt.
  • Grimsby and Immingham remained the UK’s leading port in 2009, handling 55 Mt (11 per cent of UK traffic). It was followed by London with 45 Mt (9 per cent) and Milford Haven and Tees & Hartlepool, both with 39 Mt (8 per cent).
  • In 2009, total unitised traffic through UK major ports was 20.7 million units, a fall of 10 per cent on 2008. Dover the leading ferry port, handled 2.3 million road goods vehicles and unaccompanied trailer units. Felixstowe was the UK’s largest container port handling 1.86 million containers.

UK — Hammond welcomes value for money report that could bring efficiency savings to benefit passengers and taxpayers

May 25, 2011 Comments off

Hammond welcomes value for money report that could bring efficiency savings to benefit passengers and taxpayers
Source: Department for Transport

Inflation busting rises in rail fares could become a thing of the past if the £1bn annual cost savings in the railways envisaged in a report published today are achieved, the Government has said.

Responding to Sir Roy McNulty’s independent Rail Value for Money study, Transport Secretary Philip Hammond welcomed the report and emphasised the need to reduce the cost of our railways.

The recommendations of Sir Roy’s highly detailed report entitled “Realising the Potential of GB Rail” will now be considered and will feed into Government proposals to reform the rail industry to be published later in the year.

+ Realising the Potential of GB Rail – Report of the Rail Value for Money Study

UK — Tackling £1bn cost of motorway closures

May 25, 2011 Comments off

Tackling £1bn cost of motorway closures
Source: Department for Transport

A Government strategy to tackle congestion caused by motorway closures and drive down the £1bn annual cost to the economy was unveiled today by Roads Minister Mike Penning ahead of a national summit.

The Minister also announced the launch of a £3m fund for police forces to purchase laser scanning technology to speed up of the investigation process and incident clear up times.

At a high-level summit in London today, the Roads Minister, Home Office, Highways Agency (HA) and police, fire and ambulance chiefs will commit to a 10 point action plan.

This will help ensure that closures take place only when they are absolutely necessary and for the minimum amount of time. This will help keep traffic moving, supporting economic growth for the future prosperity of the country.

It follows a joint review of investigation and closure procedures for motorway incidents – led by the Department for Transport, working in partnership with the Home Office, HA and Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) – published today on the DfT website.

+ Review of Investigation and Closure Procedures for Motorway Incidents – Preliminary Report

UK — Better enforcement and education to cut road deaths

May 13, 2011 Comments off

Better enforcement and education to cut road deaths
Source: Department for Transport

Plans to improve road safety education while taking tough action against the small minority of dangerous drivers were set out by Transport Secretary Philip Hammond today.

Careless driving will be made a fixed penalty offence to allow the police more effectively to tackle reckless driving that puts other road users in danger, while disqualified drivers face having to take a new test before regaining their licence.

There will also be more educational courses that can be offered in place of a fixed penalty and points in appropriate cases as well as a new post-test qualification for novice drivers, under plans set out in the new Strategic Framework for Road Safety.

And as new analysis shows, 3,500 deaths and serious injuries could have been prevented in a year if the successes of better local authorities and police forces had been matched across the country. Local people will be given the information they need to have a real say in road safety priorities on their local roads.

+ Strategic Framework for Road Safety

UK — Road lengths, expenditure and conditions statistics

March 3, 2011 Comments off

Road lengths, expenditure and conditions statistics
Source: Department for Transport

Summary of latest key results

  • The Highways Condition Index for all classified roads in England has fallen from 100 in 2008/09 to 98 in 2009/10. This indicates that there has been some detorioration in road conditions.
  • In 2009/10, ‘A’ roads were in better condition, on average, than ‘B’ & ‘C’ roads; similarly, urban roads were in better condition than rural roads.
  • Over 94 per cent of the classified road network in England was in good or reasonable condition in 2009/10.
  • Only 15 per cent of the unclassified road network in England was in a potentially poor condition in 2009/10.
  • About 4 per cent of the motorway and trunk ‘A’ road network required further investigation to assess its immediate maintenance needs in 2009/10.
  • In 2009/10, English local authorities spent £3.2 billion on the maintenance of local roads.
  • In 2009/10, the Highways Agency spent £1.3 billion on the maintenance of motorways and all-purpose trunk roads in England.

+ Full Document (PDF)

UK — Road goods vehicles travelling to mainland Europe statistics

March 2, 2011 Comments off

Road goods vehicles travelling to mainland Europe statistics
Source: Department for Transport

In 2010

  • 2.47 million goods vehicles travelled from Great Britain to mainland Europe in 2010, 4 per cent higher than the 2009 total.
  • 1.79 million of these goods vehicles were powered vehicles, up 2 per cent on the 2009 figure, and 673 thousand were unaccompanied trailers, up 10 per cent on 2009.

During Q4 2010

  • 619 thousand goods vehicles travelled from Great Britain to mainland Europe during Q4 2010, an increase of 2 per cent on Q4 2009.
  • 458 thousand of these goods vehicles were powered vehicles, up 3 per cent on Q4 2009, and 161 thousand were unaccompanied trailers, at a similar level compared to the Q4 2009 figure.

+ Full Document (PDF)

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