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Transport Scotland says traffic has spiked by 70% due to ease in lockdown measures

Michael Matheson

Transport Scotland has shared statistics to show that traffic levels have spiked by as much as 70% over the weekend as lockdown measures have started to ease.

Early statistics show week-on-week traffic levels have jumped by 60% on Saturday (May 30) and by 70% on Sunday (May 31).

On the A82 at Loch Lomond on Saturday the increase in traffic was over 200% higher than the previous Saturday.

As of May 29 in Scotland two households are allowed to meet in outdoor spaces up to a suggested maximum of eight people.

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said: “We have only been able to ease some of the lockdown measures as the public have followed guidance closely up to this point, so I would urge people to continue to play their part.

“We have seen a significant rise in traffic this past weekend. At Loch Lomond, traffic levels were more than three times higher than the previous Saturday - and in the middle of the afternoon over four times higher.  On our rail network, Balloch station saw an increase in passenger numbers.

“These volumes go beyond what would be expected to be generated by local residents, nor are they in keeping with people staying within five miles of home or by people travelling a reasonable distance to meet loved ones.”

Matheson said that while he realises the lockdown measures are difficult for everyone, particular with weather being so good, he said the Scottish government can only take steps to lift restrictions further if guidance is followed.

He said: “While you can leave the house for exercise and recreation, the guidance says you should not be going any further than five miles from home and to avoid tourist destinations and beauty spots. You should also maintain physical distancing when you do go out and wear face coverings on public transport.”

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