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A4 announced as Britain’s most congested roadBack

040303 CongestionThe A4 has been announced as Britain’s most congested road, with the top ten worst roads for congestion in the UK revealed and all in London.

According to new figures, traffic jams are getting worse with London jams being particularly bad despite the congestion charge.

In 2013, according to statistics from traffic information company Inrix, UK drivers wasted a total of 30 hours in traffic congestion, an increase of one hour from 2012.

The London commute zone showed the biggest increase in the hours wasted sat in traffic, rising from 72 hours in 2012 to 82 hours last year.

The road which claimed the title of the UK’s worst road was the A4 in the afternoon peak between central London and Junction 3 of the M4 near Heathrow in west London, with 91 annual delay hours.

Second place on the UK’s worst road list with 73 hours of annual delays was afternoon travel going in the opposite direction on the M4 between Junction 3 and central London.

All of the top 10 most congested roads were based in London and were at their most congested in the afternoons.

After the London commute zone, the most congested areas throughout the rest of Britain originated in Greater Manchester, Merseyside, South Nottinghamshire and Greater Birmingham.

Inrox reported that Greater Manchester came in 12th place when it came to the most congested European cities, and out of the 25 most congested cities in Europe for urban traffic, London came second, with Brussels the most congested.

Overall, the UK was the sixth-worst congested country for traffic in 2013, with Belgium top (58 hours wasted in jams), followed by the Netherlands (44 hours), Germany and France (both 35 hours) and Luxembourg (31 hours).

Inrix president and chief executive Bryan Mistele said: ‘So goes traffic, so goes the economy.While bad news for drivers, the increases in traffic congestion in Europe are signs of a slowly recovering economy.’

 

Posted by Leana Kell on 04/03/2014