Britain’s van, truck and bus manufacturing plants have boosted their totals by almost a third in the first six months of 2015.

The 48,677 CVs built in the UK is 29.9 per cent up on the same period in 2014.

June proved a particularly strong month, with 9,805 vehicles produced, surging some 54.5 per cent on the same period last year.

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT), which compiles the figures, the growth has been fuelled by demand both in the UK and Europe, with production for the domestic market rising 31.6 per cent and exports recording a 28.3 per cent increase so far in 2015.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes says that the figures are encouraging for the sector, with demand for British-built vans, trucks and buses all on the rise.

“The UK commercial vehicle industry has experienced some turbulence in the recent past, with restructuring of some operations and changes to type approval affecting output,” Hawes says.

“It is good to see the recovery continuing, and we are optimistic about the future with demand continuing to grow both in the UK and in Europe,” he adds.