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UK worst in europe for congestion

British roads are the most congested in Europe, according to a study of traffic in 123 EU cities.

The research, by data company Inrix, found more than 20,300 “traffic hotspots” (where drivers have to drop their speed by 65% for at least two minutes) in UK cities – well over double the number in Germany and twice that of France.

The data was collated from car sat-navs, mobile phones and road sensors throughout September 2016. It covered individual cities with populations of 250,000 or more, rather than whole countries, and found the following:
   

  1. UK: 21 cities with 20,375 traffic hotspots
  2. Germany: 27 cities with 8,517 traffic hotspots
  3. Italy: 12 cities with 5,069 traffic hotspots
  4. France: nine cities with 1,844 traffic hotspots
  5. Spain: 16 cities with 2,335 traffic hotspots

In the UK, drivers on the M25 or the A720 Edinburgh bypass are those most likely to reach gridlock.

“It’s the unfortunate reality of a densely populated and global city,” said Graham Cookson, Inrix’s chief economist, author of the research.

“A quarter of a million of us drive on the M25 every day.”

An extra £1.3bn will be spent on improving Britain’s roads, the Chancellor Philip Hammond announced in the Autumn Statement on 23 November.

The roads investment will include £220m to tackle “pinch-points” on Highways England roads.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said the government was investing “record amounts” into improving roads.

“This investment is over and above the £23bn we are spending to get motorists to their destinations quickly, more easily and safely,” he said.

He said the government schemes that have been announced were “focused on relieving congestion and providing important upgrades to ensure our roads are fit for the future”.

Ten UK cities with congestion, and their worst “hotspots”

  1. London: M25 northbound between junctions 15 and 16
  2. Edinburgh: A720 westbound Edinburgh Bypass at Dreghorn Barracks
  3. Glasgow: Eastbound junction of the A8 Glasgow and Edinburgh Road with the M8
  4. Birmingham: Northbound junction of the A38 (M) with the M6
  5. Manchester: M60 northbound at junction 1 for the A6 Stockport
  6. Bristol: M5 southbound at junction 20 for Clevedon
  7. Leeds: Westbound M62 junction 26 with M606 junction 1
  8. Cardiff: A48 westbound at Riverside Park
  9. Bradford: From the A650 in the city centre to the A6038 Otley Road
  10. Belfast: A12 eastbound at the junction with the M2 and M3

Source: Inrix

 

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