Traffic volumes in Hull plummet during third…

Traffic volumes in Hull plummet during third coronavirus lockdown
2021-01-11 16:11:00
Traffic in Hull has dropped by a third since the latest coronavirus lockdown was introduced. During the first lockdown, vehicle volumes fall to just 25 per cent by mid-April. Although the roads are not that empty right there has been a big drop. According figures by the Newcastle Urban Observatory, in the lead up to Christmas traffic volumes were at 92 per cent of normal levels but that has dropped to just 60 per cent this week. Volumes actually dropped to 30 per cent on New Year’s Day although the roads always tend to be quiet on that 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. 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. Similar rules are now back in place although not quite as strict and there are concerns people are not adhering to them so readily. 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. Watch: Chris Whitty says the worst of the pandemic is to come Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now 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, levels began to tumble again in October as Hull was put into tougher Tier 2 restrictions. By November, when the nation went into a second lockdown and Hull’s infection rate was one of the highest in the country, volumes dropped to 62 per cent. But as Christmas approached and the lockdown was lifted, volumes increased to its peak of 92 per cent. Looking back, before the first lockdown, traffic volumes were at 110 per cent. On March 15, as the coronavirus pandemic started to spread and more people began working from home, the traffic numbers began to fall. (Image: Katie Pugh) Traffic was at just 70 per cent by Marc
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