Continental goods traffic rises

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Some 619,000 goods vehicles travelled from Great Britain to mainland Europe in the third quarter of 2010, an increase of 2.5 per cent on 2009, according to figures from the Department of Transport.

Some 447,000 of these vehicles were powered vehicles, up one per cent on the third quarter of 2009.

The number of UK registered trucks doing European journeys rose to 98,000 in the third quarter from 90,000 a year ago.

This represents in increase in the proportion of UK registered vehicles from 20 per cent to 22 per cent.

For the first nine months of the year, a total of 2.5 million goods vehicles travelled to the Continent – two per cent more than last year and 75 per cent more than in 1992.

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