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11th September 1936
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Which of the following most accurately describes the problem?

of the 1,935 Traffic


'THE Ministry of Transport has now / issued its report based on the census of traffic On Class I roads taken in-August, 1935, and it brings to light some interesting facts, especially when compared imith figures obtained during

the census of 1931.

Observations were recorded of the movements of about 100,000,000 vehicles or persons at over 5,000 points on Class I roads outside the Metropolis. The census shows that, in comparison with the figures obtained in 1931, there was an increase of some 45 per cent, in goods vehicles and 33 per, cent. in passenger vehicles, whilst there was a decrease of 27 per cent. in horse-drawn traffic.

At the census points (over 4,800) for which a comparison can be made with the l'931 data, the following were the

B22 approximate daily averages for each point, the percentages of the corresponding figures for 1931 being given:—

Number Tonnage. '

Passer ger vehicles 1,110 11.3451 1,820 (122v)

Goods vehicles ... 240 11455) 1,180114651 Horse-drawn vehicles • ... 24(73() 40 (7051

Total ... 1,374 (1345) 3,040 (1315)

Assumed average weights were assigned to different types of vehicle.

The average daily number and estimated laden weight of vehicles recorded as passing 4,830 census points, in counties, between 6 a.m. and 10 p m. in 1931 and 1935 are set out in the following table 1931 1935 Mechanically-propelled vehicles: Passenger—

Number ... ... 5,354,190 7,152.818 Tonnage 8.790,362 10,731,515 Goods— 1931 1935

Number .. 1,16,3,915 ' S,.61j4,523

Tonnage . 5,712,4-04 8,34L332.1 Horse-drawn Horse-drawn vehicles: • Number .. ... 117,813 86.212 Tonnage .. 200,404 139,4750 All vehicles:

Number ... • . 6,635.918 8.923.353 Tonnage ... -.3.4,703,170 19,212,322 , The a.verage weight per vehicle recorded, at these points was 2.15 tons, or nearly.3 per cent, less than in 1931. In 1931 there were 1,282 points at which the daily estimated weight did not exceed 1,000 tons, but in 1935 the number was reduced to 855. At the other end of the scale there were, in 1931, 794 points at which the daily tonnage exceeded 5,000; whereas, in 193:5, the number was 1,190.

The report contains a. ilidnaber of appendices, embodying inv-aluable statistics. It can be obtained from H.M. Stationery Office, price 2s.

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