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Car Licence Statistics in the East of England

To find areas in the East of England that have a lot more cars now than they did five years ago, we analysed car licence data from the Department for Transport. Areas with more cars not only are more congested at peak times but also might suffer from parking shortages. To see how the East of England compares to other regions in England, see our article Roads Feel More Congested Than Ever? Worst Postcodes Revealed.

From the 2014 to 2019, the number of cars in the East of England increased from 3,121,128 to 3,336,134. Residents have to contend with an additional 215,006 cars on the road now—6.9% more than five years ago.

Car Licence Stats for the East of England
Cars in Q2 20143,121,128
Cars in Q2 20193,336,134
Change215,006
% Change6.9%

Areas of the East of England with Significantly More Cars

MK44 is the postcode with the largest absolute increase in cars in the East of England. By June 2019 there were over 25,500 cars. This is 8,272 cars more than five years ago, representing astonishing growth of 47.8%, the highest growth in the region. The MK postcode covers the following areas of Bedford and Huntingdonshire:

  • Begwary
  • Bletsoe
  • Blunham
  • Bolnhurst
  • Cardington
  • Chawston
  • Colesden
  • Colmworth
  • Cople
  • Duck's Cross
  • Great Barford
  • Keysoe
  • Keysoe Row
  • Kingsbrook
  • Knotting
  • Knotting Green
  • Little Staughton
  • Melchbourne
  • Milton Ernest
  • Mogerhanger
  • Pertenhall
  • Ravensden
  • Riseley
  • Roxton
  • Sharnbrook
  • Souldrop
  • Swineshead
  • Thurleigh
  • Top End
  • Wilden
  • Willington
  • Wyboston
  • Yielden

The WD18 postcode, covering West Watford and Holywell in Watford, had the second largest increase of 7,931 cars, or 42% growth between 2014 and 2019.

Below we show the East of England postcodes where there are significantly more cars now than five years ago, ranked on an absolute change basis.

PostcodeRegional Rank (out of 238)Rank in England (out of 2,069)Cars in Q2 2014Cars in Q2 2019Change% Change
MK441917,29725,5698,27247.8%
WD1821018,87026,8017,93142.0%
PE1328102,513105,7713,2583.2%
MK4243221,35524,4623,10714.5%
PE253821,02323,8792,85613.6%
PE364312,63915,4212,78222.0%
MK4375120,09722,7632,66613.3%
CB2387017,45619,8892,43313.9%
LU497218,53220,9292,39712.9%
PE7108123,56225,8632,3019.8%
Heatmap showing the percentage change in licenced cars in the East of England
Heatmap showing the percentage change in licenced cars in the East of England

Car Licence Stats for All East of England Postcodes

The table below shows data for all East England postcodes, providing the number of cars and the absolute and percentage changes from 2014 to 2019, ordered alphabetically. See how many more cars are in your postcode district today and how that compares to the rest of the region and England.

PostcodeRegional Rank (out of 238)Rank in England (out of 2,069)Cars in Q2 2014Cars in Q2 2019Change% Change
AL113295717,19017,8456553.8%
AL104029612,16813,6091,44111.8%
AL21971,47414,01014,3022922.1%
AL31451,07015,43416,0165823.8%
AL41801,33915,90016,2893892.4%
AL51491,10416,87717,4325553.3%
AL61309517,7628,4216598.5%
AL77752616,15417,2231,0696.6%
AL82071,6136,8117,0212103.1%
AL91611,2087,0567,5274716.7%
CB12352,02717,02216,745-277-1.6%
CB101501,1077,9868,5395536.9%
CB111601,20010,70211,1834814.5%
CB21258985,9696,67770811.9%
CB21956598,5059,41791210.7%
CB222318812,76714,5301,76313.8%
CB2387017,45619,8892,43313.9%
CB242419217,35119,1051,75410.1%
CB25483259,26510,6341,36914.8%
CB32382,0526,4275,334-1,093-17.0%
CB42372,04816,69915,770-929-5.6%
CB52362,0425,4754,907-568-10.4%
CB67047721,05222,1871,1355.4%
CB711883114,80915,5727635.2%
CB84631917,97419,3571,3837.7%
CB96946015,87117,0321,1617.3%
CM01268999,2079,9157087.7%
CM11613430,95032,9181,9686.4%
CM112051,59711,17711,3962192.0%
CM121671,23811,17611,6364604.1%
CM131512522,05824,0712,0139.1%
CM142161,7489,92210,0521301.3%
CM152331,99013,53513,429-106-0.8%
CM162101,64512,95513,1471921.5%
CM175639711,70412,9741,27010.9%
CM1812891710,79311,4826896.4%
CM191461,07510,07010,6495795.7%
CM26845930,94032,1031,1633.8%
CM20664489,52610,7031,17712.4%
CM212151,7336,5926,7321402.1%
CM221006809,54010,4308909.3%
CM231541,14821,94922,4665172.4%
CM24674524,7235,8931,17024.8%
CM34732033,51734,9001,3834.1%
CM42061,6006,4846,7022183.4%
CM52141,6886,8837,0501672.4%
CM61815116,14218,0301,88811.7%
CM73728225,63827,1151,4775.8%
CM771771,3179,2779,6844074.4%
CM87852816,28017,3461,0666.5%
CM96041919,58420,8081,2246.3%
CO11381,0406,1146,7166029.8%
CO101211926,23928,2972,0587.8%
CO111871,3647,6428,0153734.9%
CO128555310,49511,5231,0289.8%
CO131621,2116,8407,3094696.9%
CO142111,6463,0323,2241926.3%
CO153626019,59521,1091,5147.7%
CO167148213,23614,3631,1278.5%
CO21312015,83717,8822,04512.9%
CO39059915,16516,1349696.4%
CO42216820,75422,5831,8298.8%
CO511378316,87117,6728014.7%
CO612488417,53618,2587224.1%
CO74230218,95120,3731,4227.5%
CO82181,7751,4571,5661097.5%
CO95841614,61915,8501,2318.4%
EN102021,5639,5729,8102382.5%
EN111371,03211,61212,2176055.2%
EN62251,86817,11217,153410.2%
EN71741,28612,47812,9064283.4%
EN89365716,98517,9009155.4%
EN91511,12513,26513,8075424.1%
HP11571,16912,99313,4985053.9%
HP23525718,93620,4531,5178.0%
HP36242717,22018,4311,2117.0%
HP41751,29413,93514,3594243.0%
IG101831,35515,62016,0013812.4%
IG71781,33110,24210,6353933.8%
IG92321,9436,4956,476-19-0.3%
IP14331216,93818,3341,3968.2%
IP102221,8352,3412,409682.9%
IP114932715,17216,5381,3669.0%
IP1210977414,11214,9188065.7%
IP1311681111,56312,3417786.7%
IP141412322,31624,3432,0279.1%
IP152311,9401,4311,417-14-1.0%
IP161961,4703,3693,6652968.8%
IP171279166,8347,52469010.1%
IP182291,9202,1832,18740.2%
IP191891,3866,1796,5353565.8%
IP27953212,76113,8251,0648.3%
IP201911,3914,6685,0193517.5%
IP211951,4607,2577,5593024.2%
IP221361,02813,27613,8836074.6%
IP231701,2704,5154,9544399.7%
IP2411983815,09515,8517565.0%
IP257248710,02111,1421,12111.2%
IP261941,4195,1175,4513346.5%
IP271641,22712,53913,0024633.7%
IP285034516,59917,9441,3458.1%
IP291631,2205,8076,2734668.0%
IP35538715,46716,7471,2808.3%
IP30976678,9489,85390510.1%
IP318959712,39413,3659717.8%
IP322001,5218,5128,7722603.1%
IP331471,07911,44212,0175755.0%
IP44129716,71418,1481,4348.6%
IP51521,13011,49412,0305364.7%
IP610374110,41611,2538378.0%
IP71351,0209,40010,0126126.5%
IP81841,3596,6817,0603795.7%
IP91881,3766,8807,2423625.3%
LU11110213,96316,1312,16815.5%
LU22824026,20827,7731,5656.0%
LU32622724,68526,3181,6336.6%
LU497218,53220,9292,39712.9%
LU53124418,81620,3711,5558.3%
LU68757818,34319,3359925.4%
MK402016012,32014,1951,87515.2%
MK417349121,43622,5501,1145.2%
MK4243221,35524,4623,10714.5%
MK4375120,09722,7632,66613.3%
MK441917,29725,5698,27247.8%
MK451915527,34929,2301,8816.9%
NR11991,5079,95010,2202702.7%
NR1010475613,54114,3638226.1%
NR1112386010,61611,3567407.0%
NR128655712,55013,5711,0218.1%
NR139866816,14717,0529055.6%
NR143224514,46016,0151,55510.8%
NR151299329,67610,3536777.0%
NR161411,0537,7278,3215947.7%
NR17845529,11310,1441,03111.3%
NR189967310,34311,2439008.7%
NR191481,10110,50611,0635575.3%
NR21861,3629,3109,6863764.0%
NR208253911,17012,2271,0579.5%
NR211581,1819,0489,5444965.5%
NR222301,936496489-7-1.4%
NR232241,8621,6241,670462.8%
NR242271,8972,7382,761230.8%
NR252281,9134,9414,94980.2%
NR262121,6524,0734,2601874.6%
NR272041,5885,6815,9052243.9%
NR281561,1649,2599,7675085.5%
NR2912185512,07112,8177466.2%
NR311177712,32313,1288056.5%
NR3010876011,44112,2598187.1%
NR313325322,75124,2741,5236.7%
NR323828417,43818,9151,4778.5%
NR3311278019,64420,4468024.1%
NR341681,24812,73913,1934543.6%
NR351811,3436,1616,5493886.3%
NR41319569,45810,1146566.9%
NR51401,05111,60712,2025955.1%
NR62342,01514,35814,147-211-1.5%
NR78053416,46117,5241,0636.5%
NR86142012,02613,2491,22310.2%
NR910575710,67211,4948227.7%
PE1328102,513105,7713,2583.2%
PE133024318,14119,7001,5598.6%
PE1410271612,90813,7698616.7%
PE154531415,52316,9111,3888.9%
PE161851,3616,0506,4283786.2%
PE195235724,93626,2621,3265.3%
PE253821,02323,8792,85613.6%
PE262091,6336,9157,1141992.9%
PE271791,33611,00611,3973913.6%
PE282722830,24331,8741,6315.4%
PE2913499618,90019,5306303.3%
PE364312,63915,4212,78222.0%
PE304431319,50620,9021,3967.2%
PE311761,30111,56611,9854193.6%
PE321591,1919,59310,0844915.1%
PE331921,4159,1629,4993373.7%
PE341531,1318,4839,0195366.3%
PE362211,7983,2493,338892.7%
PE371157925,5336,32879514.4%
PE381178258,0488,8157679.5%
PE45739913,52714,7921,2659.4%
PE52261,8869731,003303.1%
PE7108123,56225,8632,3019.8%
PE810168510,20211,0898878.7%
RM152116212,92214,7831,86114.4%
RM163928620,31221,7831,4717.2%
RM179264612,02012,9419217.7%
RM18654456,6627,8451,18317.8%
RM192081,6303,1453,3462016.4%
RM201731,2852,8953,32442914.8%
RM42171,7652,9063,0261204.1%
SG12924224,10425,6671,5636.5%
SG102191,7851,2521,3561048.3%
SG111901,3875,2195,5733546.8%
SG121661,23716,17516,6364612.9%
SG131339619,0829,7356537.2%
SG141551,16310,55111,0605094.8%
SG152031,5753,0773,3082317.5%
SG162011,5573,5813,8222416.7%
SG171228577,4898,2337449.9%
SG181714114,02015,9581,93813.8%
SG198354114,39415,4431,0497.3%
SG26443920,93122,1191,1885.7%
SG32131,6694,1114,2911804.4%
SG41821,35216,52116,9033822.3%
SG55335817,33018,6551,3257.6%
SG67651316,94218,0231,0816.4%
SG71651,2317,3517,8134626.3%
SG85437022,74824,0471,2995.7%
SG9966616,4727,38291014.1%
SS05135015,92617,2641,3388.4%
SS17550011,12312,2231,1009.9%
SS1110675810,04210,8618198.2%
SS121391,0509,80210,3985966.1%
SS131441,06810,16010,7465865.8%
SS147449510,45311,5611,10810.6%
SS152521114,24715,9401,69311.9%
SS1611478913,36714,1647976.0%
SS175941817,37118,6011,2307.1%
SS23425514,70616,2251,51910.3%
SS39163614,08315,0189356.6%
SS412085111,18911,9367476.7%
SS511077512,49913,3058066.4%
SS61421,06417,13117,7195883.4%
SS76343027,73028,9351,2054.3%
SS810775919,16319,9828194.3%
SS98858025,18926,1779883.9%
WD171691,2568,5508,9984485.2%
WD1821018,87026,8017,93142.0%
WD191711,27613,39713,8314343.2%
WD231721,27814,17814,6114333.1%
WD242201,78810,51710,616990.9%
WD259465814,65715,5709136.2%
WD31431,06623,90324,4915882.5%
WD41981,4787,0107,3012914.2%
WD51931,4176,3396,6753365.3%
WD68153718,22119,2811,0605.8%
WD72231,8387,7697,836670.9%

Car Licence Stats for All Regions in England

If you'd like to see the details for other regions near you, here are the studies for other regions in England:

Comments and Questions

The guidance on this site is based on our own analysis and is meant to help you identify options and narrow down your choices. We do not advise or tell you which product to buy; undertake your own due diligence before entering into any agreement. Read our full disclosure here.