Wiltshire drivers covering 3.6 BILLION miles in a year

Wiltshire drivers covering 3.6 BILLION miles in a year

Published at 1:04pm 28th May 2019.

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The mileage we've done collectively is enough the travel around the world 146,000 times!

The figures from the Department for Transport show how far we all travelled during 2018.

It's up 7% on nine years previously, and a slightly bigger rise than the national average too.

Four out of five journeys in Wiltshire were by car or taxi.


The increase in traffic has led to the walking and cycling charity Sustrans to push for authorities to take 'urgent action' to protect public health from air pollution caused by vehicles.

Head of public affairs at Sustrans, Rachel White said:

"The over-reliance on cars is damaging our health and our environment, and current transport policies not doing enough to promote sustainable modes of transport."

The Local Government Association is also calling for more funding to help deal with a £9.3 billion shortfall in road repair funding.

The group's transport spokesman, Martin Tett, said more traffic would lead to poorer air quality:

"If we're to truly tackle air pollution, we need government support to enable us to deliver effective local plans, and robust national action to help the country transition to low-emission vehicles and power generation."

Traffic jam A303 - traffic queue - tailback - facing east 2 (Mike Draper)
The A303 through Wiltshire is a notorious traffic hotspot

A spokeswoman said the Government would invest more than £50 billion to reduce road congestion and potholes between 2015 and 2025, with further funds allocated for improving railways and public transport:

"We know we must reduce congestion while at the same time making our transport greener than ever, and our £1.5 billion Road to Zero strategy outlines a series of ambitious steps to encourage the transition to ultra-low emission vehicles."

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