Traffic congestion getting worse across the UK

Research from TomTom shows that traffic congestion has been getting worse throughout the UK.

Drivers are spending more time stuck in traffic jams when driving through cities and the problem has got significantly poorer in the last year.

Research from TomTom shows that ten out of the 17 biggest cities in the UK have got worse for traffic congestion in the past year. These are Brighton, Nottingham, Sheffield, London, Leicester, Birmingham, Southampton, Belfast, Portsmouth and Cardiff.

A further five cities had also failed to make an improvement on traffic congestion compared to the previous year. These were Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle and Liverpool. However, Leeds-Bradford and Bristol did manage to lower traffic levels.

Average journeys took 27 per cent longer than they would if traffic was free flowing. This was up from 26 per cent in 2012. Additionally, those who commute now spend approximately ten working days stuck in traffic jams, which is an increase from nine days which was recorded a year previous.

Many drivers will look to back roads to try to miss out on congestion. However, this is proving to be ineffective as those using lesser known routes appear to be losing twice as much travel time compared to those on main roads, with 32 per cent lost compared to 15 per cent respectively.

TomTom gathered this information by analysing more than ten trillion pieces of data across the world to put together its Traffic Index.

The worst city in the UK for congestion is Belfast, with average journey times 36 per cent slower than they would be in free flowing traffic. This rises to 78 per cent during morning rush hour and 75 per cent in the evening.

Chief executive officer of TomTom Harold Goddijn said: “Traffic congestion is nothing new, and continues to be a global challenge.”

“The traditional responses to congestion - such as building new roads or widening existing ones - are no longer proving to be effective.

“Real time traffic information can help drivers find the quickest shortcut on their journey, and assist governments to make smarter decisions to improve traffic flow for their cities.”

  • On: 16 June 2014
  • By: CarShop

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