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London is “world’s most congested city”

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A new study by INRIX is suggesting London is the most congested city in the world, becoming the first to surpass 100 hours wasted per driver in gridlock.

The “INRIX Traffic Scorecard” says British drivers spent 30 hours on average in congestion in 2015, however the country has moved down to sixth in the list of Europe’s most congested countries, despite traffic being up in 61% of cities.

Furthermore, outside of the capital, Belfast saw the UK’s biggest increase in congestion, with drivers spending almost an hour extra on the road in 2015 and a 10-mile stretch of the A217 in London was the UK’s most congested road for the second year running, costing drivers 110 hours, or 4.5 days, of wasted time in 2015.

“London is the victim of its own success, with a robust jobs market and a growing economy attracting more people, more construction and consequently more traffic,” said Bryan Mistele, President & CEO, INRIX. “Transport for London is tackling this problem with its £4 billion Road Modernisation Plan.  Whilst in the short term the roadworks from this initiative are frustrating for drivers, they are a step towards creating a more sustainable and modernised transport network.”

Findings in the INRIX Traffic Scorecard for Europe are drawn from traffic speed data collected from more than a million miles of urban streets and highways in 13 European countries and 96 cities, between January and December 2015.

According to INRIX, the UK’s ten most congested metropolitan areas in 2015 (ranked by annual hours wasted) are:

Rank UK Metropolitan Area Hours Wasted in 2015 Change from 2014 (in Hours)
1 London Commute Zone 101 +5.2
2 Gr. Manchester 51 -0.4
3 Gr. Belfast 38 +0.9
4 Merseyside 37 +0.3
5 S. Nottinghamshire 35 +0.6
6 Birmingham / Black Country 34 -2.5
7 Avon & N. Somerset 30 -0.4
8 Leeds-Bradford 29 +0.3
9 Coventry & Warwick 28 +0.3
10 S. Yorkshire 27 -0.3

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