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LA “world’s most gridlocked city” – research

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The annual INRIX traffic scorecard has been published, and again Los Angeles is the world’s most congested city in 2017, with drivers spending on average 102 peak hours in congestion in 2017.

LA is followed by Moscow (91 hours), New York (91 hours), Sao Paulo (86 hours) and San Francisco (79 hours).

In Europe, after Moscow, London has 74 hours of congestion per driver in second with Paris third with 69.

The US accounted for 10 of the Top 25 cities worldwide with the worst traffic congestion, with congestion costing US drivers $305 billion last year.

Combined with the rising price of motoring, the cost of congestion is astonishing – it takes billions out of economies and impacts businesses and individuals alike,” said Dr. Graham Cookson, Chief Economist, INRIX. Talking about the UK he said, “With the Office of National Statistics showing more cars on the road than ever before, we need to consider innovative new approaches to solving the issue. Increased flexible working or road charges have potential, however, transport authorities should be looking to exciting developments in data analytics and AI which promise to reinvent our approach to traffic management.”

For full details see: http://inrix.com/scorecard/

In the UK, the RAC reacted to this report with spokesman Rod Dennis saying, “These figures bring into sharp focus a reality suffered by commuters up and down the UK every year – that in some areas our roads are struggling to cope under the sheer weight of traffic. Not only is this bad news for the economy, it’s also bad for air quality and indeed drivers’ own wellbeing.

“Nearly three-quarters (74%) of motorists we spoke to for the annual Report on Motoring told us that they would find it very difficult to adjust their lifestyle without a car; 63% said that they would use their car less if public transport was better. This highlights the uncomfortable truth in the UK – that with few viable transport alternatives outside major cities, having access to a car is simply a necessity for millions of people.

“There is no silver bullet to sorting out congestion. Ring-fenced funding for improving England’s major roads from 2021 should help, but there also needs to be an emphasis placed on providing cheap, practical, reliable alternatives to the car – especially in urban areas. In the meantime urban planners should be looking at how we can maximise vehicle flow – looking at traffic light sequencing, reducing the amount of time roadworks are live on roads and seeing what impact reducing road space for vehicles is having on journey times. Employers and individuals can also do their bit by encouraging greater car sharing.”

 
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