Air quality has improved due to reduction in traffic
Traffic volume has dropped significantly in the city. Photo credit: Nabeel Syed on Unsplash.

Hull sees significant reduction in traffic levels

The city has seen a significant drop in traffic levels as residents and workers listen to government advice in the battle against coronavirus.

The data, from the Urban Observatory, shows that Hull’s traffic volume has dropped as much as 65 per cent below its normal levels this week – the biggest daily reduction from a sample that includes Newcastle, Sheffield, Gateshead and Sunderland.

Councillor Daren Hale, portfolio holder for economic investment, regeneration and planning, said: “These figures are another example showing that people in Hull are listening to government advice, staying at home and working from home where possible.

“I’m proud that as a city we are collectively doing our best to save lives and protect the NHS.”

The figures from the Urban Observatory show that in April Hull’s traffic levels have consistently dropped below 60 per cent of its normal volume.

The data for Hull is collected through its Smart City project and is made publically available by Hull City Council. The data is then used by the Urban Observatory to create an understanding of transport volume change.

Adam Jennison, ICT Principal Lead for Hull’s Smart City project, said: “Understanding what is happening within a city is important at any time, but even more so during a time like this.

“Hull had the foresight to invest in the technology and governorship required to be a Smart City, this is starting to pay dividends by providing real-time information to decision makers.”

Hull’s Director of Public Health, Julia Weldon.
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