Dip in UK goods vehicles traffic to mainland Europe

Published on Thursday, 23 August 2012 14:42
Posted by Scott Buckler

The number of goods vehicles travelling from the UK to mainland Europe declined slightly during the first quarter of 2012 compared with the year to the same three months of 2011

According to data published by the Department for Transport, the period in question saw 2.44 million trucks make the journey between Britain and the continent, two per cent lower than the year to the first quarter of 2011.

Powered goods vehicle traffic fell by one per cent over the quarter to 1.8 million, while the number of unaccompanied trailers contracted by six per cent to 643,000.

Although this figure is 49 per cent higher than the same three months of 1996, it is 16 per cent below a peak recorded in 2007.

Statistics published this week by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) revealed a dip in export demand among UK manufacturers this month, with August seeing a balance of minus 17 per cent of the more than 450 respondents reporting a weakening of overseas orders.

"The economic environment for UK manufacturers remains challenging, with domestic demand relatively muted and the ongoing eurozone crisis now seeming to drag on broader global economic momentum," remarked CBI head of economic analysis Anna Leach.

Source: ©CILT UK

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