Traffic camera data

The degree of busyness in Tyne and Wear since March 2020 estimated using images from traffic cameras

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has developed an experimental dataset of busyness indices using traffic camera data from selected areas to represent the UK as a whole. The dataset includes statistics for the "North East" but a map of traffic cameras used shows that they are all within the five North East local authorities that make up the former Tyne and Wear metropolitan county area and not within Northumberland or County Durham.

The latest available data is for the week ending Sunday 9th May. In Tyne and Wear:

  • Car and motorcycle numbers were slightly below levels in the previous week, which had been the highest since September
  • they were at about 89% of pre-COVID levels
  • truck and van numbers were also just below the previous week's level which had been the highest since late October
  • they were at about 85% of March 2020 levels
  • bus numbers were at levels just below those in March 2020 with fairly unchanged trends through 2021 so far
  • pedestrian and cycle numbers were only 71% of their pre-COVID levels, lower than in the previous three weeks
  • however, overall in the latest period, levels have been at their highest since September.

This dataset is one of the ONS "faster indicators" releases in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and is published each Thursday.  An explanation of the methodology was published in September. Note that vehicle numbers do not take account of how many people are within them, particularly bus passenger numbers.

Traffic camera data, daily car and motorcycle numbers, Tyne and Wear weekly averages

Last updated:
13/05/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: ONS Traffic Camera Activity dataset (last updated 13 May 2021)

Data information: A measure of traffic camera activity for a selection of geographical locations, broken down into vehicle type  (including pedestrians). One of the areas is the "North East" which includes cameras in Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland.

The data is published as daily totals but the North east LEP has produced weekly averages of per day totals to make the trends easier to see.  We have used seasonally adjusted data.


Traffic camera data, daily non-car numbers, Tyne and Wear weekly averages

Last updated:
13/05/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: ONS Traffic Camera Activity dataset (last updated 13 May 2021)

Data information: A measure of traffic camera activity for a selection of geographical locations, broken down into vehicle type  (including pedestrians). One of the areas is the "North East" which includes cameras in Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland.

The data is published as daily totals but the North east LEP has produced weekly averages of per day totals to make the trends easier to see.  We have used seasonally adjusted data.


Traffic camera data, daily vehicle index, Tyne and Wear weekly averages

Last updated:
13/05/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: ONS Traffic Camera Activity dataset (last updated 13 May 2021)

Data information: A measure of traffic camera activity for a selection of geographical locations, broken down into vehicle type  (including pedestrians). One of the areas is the "North East" which includes cameras in Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland.

The data is published as daily totals but the North east LEP has produced weekly averages of per day totals to make the trends easier to see.  We have used seasonally adjusted data. We have indexed the data by setting vehicle totals on w/e 8th March 2020 to 100.