The school run appears to be one of the main causes for peak morning traffic returning since lockdown restrictions started to ease, according to black box data. 
 
Government statistics published last week suggested that the traditional morning and evening rush hours had disappeared over the lockdown period. The latest figures for June showed that there was a 21.4 second delay per vehicle mile travelled on local roads in the morning peak, compared to 56.7 seconds back in February. 
 
The same declined was shown in the evening peak, which reported a 25.8 second delay per vehicle mile travelled, less than half of the 63.6 seconds reported before the pandemic’s lockdown in February. 
 
Analysing hundreds of thousands of journeys has revealed that the beginning of the school year in England led to a marked rise in numbers of cars on the road, particularly at the peak drop off time between 8am and 9am. 
 
 
 
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