Twitter thread) Telegraph’s & TimHarford’s coverage of DfT changes to traffic stats, showing 20.3bn not 22.6bn miles were driven in London , 2019 – Jon Burke
1/ You may have seen @Telegraph ‘s & @TimHarford ‘s coverage of recent DfT changes to road traffic stats, showing that 20.3bn miles were driven in London in 2019, not 22.6bn. Low Traffic Neighbourhood enemies claim this means we don’t need LTNs. They’re wrong. And I’ll prove it.
2/ Not rubbishing
@transportgovuk ‘s data, but 1993 2019 miles driven on the U.K’s roads annually increased by 100 billion. 70% came from cars/taxis, yet the DfT have not explained why their new estimates show just a 200 million mile increase in London in the decade to 2019.
3/ The ‘smoking gun’ for increasingly desperate Low Traffic Neighbourhood opponents, who’ve lost the argument, lost in court, and lost at the ballot box is that LTNs that based on the DfT’s original data should be scrapped. There are a couple of massive problems with this idea.