Scottish Cities

Traffic volume on all roads, Scottish cities
Veh km Scot cities 1999 2018

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Glasgow has the largest traffic volume of Scotland’s major cities, followed by Edinburgh. Traffic volumes in Scotland’s largest cities (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen) have risen overall in the last 19 years, despite a dip in the aftermath of the financial crisis and subsequent global recession in 2008. Since 2011 there has been a steady rise in traffic volume on roads in Glasgow, although distances driven in Glasgow reduced slightly in 2018.  

Change in traffic volume on all roads, Scottish cities
perc change Veh km Scot cities 1999 2018
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In the selected cities traffic volumes peaked in 2006 to 2007, but then in the immediate aftermath of the global financial crisis - from 2008 until 2011 - all the cities showed a reduction in traffic volume.  Since 2013 there has been a net increase in traffic volumes in all the cities.

Over the whole period (from 1999 to 2018) traffic volumes in Glasgow and Edinburgh have increased by 14%.

Notes

See Scottish Transport Statistics for more detail.

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