Trends in lorry traffic at night have been analysed using the 200-point census data, collected throughout the U.K. By the Department of Transport, as source material. The current findings are summarised with special reference to lorry traffic in London. The analyses indicate that between 1973 to 1980 there has been a decline of about 10 percent in the total number of goods vehicles travelling at night. Substitution of 4-axle articulated vehicles has increased at the expense of 3-axle articulated vehicles and 3-or 4-axle rigids. Total carrying capacity of goods vehicles operating at night is estimated to have remained almost constant during the period under study. Traffic data for census points in London and surrounding counties indicated that night-time lorry traffic levels were very similar to the national pattern. As far as providing justification for lorry movement controls is concerned, such as proposed by the Greater London Council (GLC), the results in this paper do not point to any traffic changes which would point to significant increases in noise at night. It seems that much of the popular support for night movement controls on lorries could be attributed to greater environmental expectations by the public rather than any substantial increase in noise from traffic. (TRRL)

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    Printerhall Limited

    29 Newmart Street
    London W1P 3PE,   England 
  • Authors:
    • TWEDDLE, G
    • Cooper, J C
  • Publication Date: 1985-1

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  • Accession Number: 00452129
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-038 551
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 31 1986 12:00AM