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Traffic levels back to pre-pandemic levels

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The volume of cars, vans and trucks now being seen on the country’s roads is on a par with what would be expected at this time of year, new data suggests.

However, the figures from the Department for Transport (DfT), also show that trains, tubes and buses are still only carrying a fraction of the passengers typically seen, as people continue to work from home and avoid public transport.  

National trains were carrying just 25% of the passengers they would have expected on Monday (August 10). London underground performed marginally better at 28%, while London buses were carrying around half (53%) of their normal passenger numbers.

National bus usage is worse still, with the DfT data showing it stood at 39% of where it should be expected on Monday.

Light commercial vehicle (LCV) and HGV usage both stood at 100%, with car traffic just below par at 90%.

RAC Breakdown, however, estimates drivers are planning on making some 45 million daytrips in August.

Half of the drivers it questioned (49%) will be packing up the car for a day at the seaside, tourist spot or attraction before the end of the month.

And, more than a quarter (28%) say they will be taking more outings than last year – perhaps indicating the extent of the Covid-19 staycation.

RAC Breakdown spokesman Simon Williams said: “Our research shows that August is set to be a massive month for daytrips as families look to try to make the most of what’s left of the school holidays and pack in some family fun now the lockdown has been eased.”


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