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Department for Transport seeks local authority transport data to aid COVID-19 response

Coronavirus: ITS (UK) will coordinate collection of data on traffic, parking, cycling and walking

Mark Moran
27 March 2020

The Department for Transport is looking sourcing data sets of transport movements from local authorities across the country. The data will be used to support the Government’s policies to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Collection of the data is being coordinated by ITS (UK).

The DfT is keen to source data sets in the following areas, especially for local roads:

  • Traffic flow (i.e. count, not speed)
  • Traffic movement (e.g. trip length and overall distance)
  • Parking
  • Cycle and pedestrian movements

Local authorities are being asked to share data about any of these with the DfT as soon as possible. The data needs to be already readily available and updated daily. The DfT does not need processing, just the raw data set.

Members who have clients or contacts within local authorities are asked to pass this request on, so it reaches as many people as possible.

The department says this is an urgent request so local authorities should only get in contact if you have a) data available and b) have the authority to supply it and can do so with a minimum of paperwork.

Andy Graham of White Willow Consulting is co-ordinating this project on behalf of the department. 

Please email him at

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