Transport costs in the UK have risen by £10.6bn in the past five years as rail and road toll fees and a series of other charges have risen, according to the Office for National Statistics.

    The rise in car transport is mainly due to an increase in fuel consumption and costs for fuel by the UK’s railways.

    But the ONS has also said a surge in motor vehicle ownership is also partly to blame for the rise in road toll and car transport charges.

    In December, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced the UK would raise fuel duty to 15 per cent on petrol and diesel from the current 6 per cent and the ONR said the rise was partly due to the rise of private vehicles.

    The ONS says a rise in the number of private cars and a rise of motoring trips in London is the main driver of the rise.

    In London, the average daily motorist journey increased by 1,000 vehicles between 2014 and 2016, a 2.6 per cent rise on the same period in 2015.

    The number of car journeys in London rose by an average of 3.6 million between 2014-2016.

    The increase in car journeys is mainly a result of the UK moving away from the “big four” regional rail networks, the ONT said.

    The main reason for the increase in travel is the rise for the London-Cambridge-Harwich Express, which was launched in 2020, which connects London and Cambridge.

    A separate London-Manchester-Hammersmith-Brighton rail line was launched a year later, which will connect the two cities, but it will be closed in 2021.

    Other regional rail lines will also be cut.

    The rail network was also a big driver of increased road toll costs, according the ON Sainsbury.

    The UK spends an average £15,000 per person per year on road toll in the London area, an increase of 20 per cent from 2012-2016, the agency said.

    However, the increase was not as large as the rise seen in London-Oxford-Cambridgeshire.

    It said a combination of rises in car travel and road congestion in London, which led to the closure of the Thameslink route, is also contributing to the increase.

    The Government is seeking to reduce the costs of road toll to an average 5 per cent of total road travel costs by 2025, and the latest figures show that by 2031, road traffic congestion is forecast to fall to zero.

    Transport for London has also warned that a reduction in vehicle ownership will increase the cost of transport by £9.6 billion a year, and by the end of 2020 the cost would be £1.4 trillion, according a government report.

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