Hull traffic rates tumble during second coronavirus…

Hull traffic rates tumble during second coronavirus lockdown
2020-11-18 05:00:00
Traffic in Hull has dropped significantly since the second coronavirus lockdown was introduced earlier this month. During the first lockdown, which was tougher than the current restrictions, saw vehicle volumes fall to just 25 per cent by mid-April but the scenes of almost empty streets seems a long time ago. Back in March through to May, all but essential businesses and shops were closed, there were no school runs and people were only allowed out for an hour a day. To get the Hull Live headlines every day, simply pop your email address into the sign-up box just beneath the picture at the top of this article. There was a gradual rise and when restrictions began to ease properly in mid-June, traffic had returned to about 80 per cent of its normal volume. By mid-August, when it seemed the coronavirus was under some control with hardly any deaths and very few cases, traffic numbers were back to 100 per cent and even rose slightly above when schools began to return. But, according figures by the Newcastle Urban Observatory, levels began to tumble again in October as Hull was put into tougher Tier 2 restrictions and now it is only around 60 per cent of normal volumes. Looking back, on March 15, as the coronavirus pandemic started to spread and more people began working from home, the traffic numbers began to fall. Traffic was at just 70 per cent by March 20 but the dramatic fall arrived when the full lockdown on March 23 was announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Graph shows traffic levels in Hull during the coronavirus pandemic (Image: Newcastle Urban Observatory) By March 30, the amount of traffic on Hull’s roads was at just 30 per cent. But the traffic volume was at its lowest on April 5 at under 20 per cent before a sharp rise to around 45 per cent on April 9. Easter weekend saw a further dip to under 30 per cent before another sharp increase to around 35 per cent. Traffic began to increase from early May as lockdown measures began to ease with more people using their cars to either go to work or for exercise with levels reaching 50 per cent. Watch: latest coronavirus headlines for November 17 Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-
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