A new report suggests that the UK is the third most traffic-congested country in Europe, with drivers spending an average of 32 hours in traffic during peak hours each year.
Published on 20 February, the INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard analyses and ranks the impact of traffic congestion in 1,064 cities across 38 countries worldwide – the largest ever study of its kind.
It finds the UK to be Europe’s third most traffic-congested country, behind Russia and Turkey – and fourth in the developed world.
The report also suggests that direct and indirect costs of hold-ups reached nearly £31bn last year – an average of £968 per driver.
In terms of cities, London is the UK’s most congested, costing drivers in the capital more than twice the national average at £1,911 per person in 2016 – and more than £6bn as a whole.
Manchester comes second, followed by Aberdeen, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Guildford, Luton, Bournemouth, Hull and Bristol.
However, Aberdeen eclipses London for congestion at peak periods, with drivers stuck in gridlock 24% of the time, moving at an average speed of 5.5mph.
On 9 February, the DfT published provisional estimates showing that motor vehicle traffic in Great Britain was at a record high in 2016, with the biggest increase seen in mileage covered by vans.
Photo: Highways England via Flickr used under Creative Commons.
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