Road lengths

Road lengths statistics in Great Britain: 2011 – Department for Transport

Yeah, I know this isn’t my usual kind of thing, but I’m glad that someone is counting all these roads. And I’ve just bought a new motorbike.

  • The total road length in Great Britain in 2011 was estimated to be 245.0 thousand miles, an increase of 2.1 thousand miles (0.9 per cent) over 10 years.
  • Minor roads made up 87 per cent of total road length, with motorways and ‘A’ roads accounting for 1 per cent and 12 per cent respectively.
  • Despite accounting for only 13 per cent of road length in 2011, major roads (motorways and ‘A’ roads) accounted for 65 per cent of road traffic.
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