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Transport written question – answered on 21st July 2005.

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Photo of David Evennett David Evennett Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what surveys have been undertaken by his Department in the past year of traffic flows on the A2 through Bexley borough.

Photo of Stephen Ladyman Stephen Ladyman Minister of State, Department for Transport

DfT has three locations on the A2, in the London borough of Bexley, at which traffic flow counts are conducted. The table provides details on these three locations with the traffic survey 12-hour raw data results for both 2004 and 2005.

Traffic flow 'Count point'
26,102 36,497 6,097
Date counted in 2004 15 October 23 June (46)not counted
12-hour motorised traffic from 2004 survey(47) 72,892 83,504 n/a
Date counted in 2005 26 April 19 April 9 May
12-hour motorised traffic from 2005 survey(47) 71,741 80,531 84,611
Start of road link Greenwich boundary Junction with A221 Junction with A223
End of road link Junction with A221 Junction with A223 Kent boundary

(46)Not all major road 'Count Point' sites for surveying traffic are included in the sample for the survey every year.

(47)At each Count point, weekday counts are made of 11 vehicle types for the 12 hours from 7am to 7pm. They are scheduled to minimise the effects of possible seasonal factors etc., by counting during neutral weeks", in March, April, May, June, September and October.

The 12-hour Road Traffic Survey figures are used to make estimates of the Annual Average Daily Flow (AADF) of traffic on the link. Estimates of AADFs in 2004 were published on 7 July 2005. The estimates for these particular traffic Count Points are given in the following table.

Traffic flow 'Count point'
26,102 36,497 6,097
Pedal cycles AADF 10 12 13
Motorcycles 2,269 1,793 3,104
Cars and taxis 71,838 84,577 81,555
Buses and coaches 452 794 492
Light goods vehicles 12,070 14,030 14,927
Heavy goods vehicles 4,867 4,811 6,241
All motorised vehicles 91,496 106,005 106,319

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