Comparison of the United Kingdom and Latvia
Moving on to transport, in the statistics of Latvia and the UK are considerable differences. “The total road length in Great Britain in 2011 was estimated to be 245.0 thousand miles, an increase of 2.1 thousand miles (0.9%) over 10 years. Minor roads made up 87% of total road length, with motorways and ‘A’ roads accounting for 1% and 12% respectively. Despite accounting for only 13% of road length in 2011, major roads (motorways and ‘A’ roads) accounted for 65% of road traffic. The trunk road network (centrally managed motorways and ‘A’ roads) accounted for 7.5 thousand miles, a decrease of 1.7 thousand miles since 2001.” (gov.uk)
To compare with Latvia, statistics is different and with tendency to decrease again. The state railway lines have decreased, in 2005 it was 2270 kilometres, but in 2012 it was 1859 kilometres. The same situation is with the state motor roads, 2005- 20 182 kilometres, in 2012 decreased to 20 115 kilometres. The local government roads in 2005 were 31 577 kilometres, in 2012- 30 453 kilometres. Slightly increased has only length of tramlines: in 2005 it was 162 kilometres, but in 2012- 167 kilometres. The passenger traffic by rail has decreased from 25,9 million in 2005 to 19,8 million in 2012, but passenger traffic by air has increased from 1,2 million in 2005 to 3,5 million in 2012. (The Statistical Yearbook of Latvia, 2013)
To conclude, Latvia and the United Kingdom have many differences. Unfortunately, in some statistics, it is obviously, that Latvia has to grow and grow, to be as high as developed in transport, cities and population, and so on. Also, politics and state system is very different. But in each country are things what other do not have.
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