Traffic

Slowly does it: Britain in the top 10 most congested countries

Britain in the top 10 most congested countries

With more than 65 million people trying to get around and nearly 38 million cars on the road, Britain appears to be becoming increasingly congested.

Now the latest annual study of traffic levels around the world reveals the news few drivers will want to hear: Britain’s roads are grinding to a halt.

Motorists spend an average of 31 hours a year – more than a day – stuck in traffic. It is estimated that the delays cost drivers an average of £1168 in extra fuel and lost time. In London, where levels of congestion are higher, that figure rises to £2430 per driver. That’s equivalent to £9.5 billion for the capital.

Things are now so bad that during rush hour in some cities, it would be as quick to walk. Some average speeds are slower than a horse and carriage.

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Frantic Friday: table of hotspots lets drivers avoid traffic when travelling over Christmas

Frantic Friday: how drivers can prepare for traffic when travelling over Christmas 2017

You might think you’ve been organised when it comes to giving gifts for family and friends this Christmas, but have you given much thought to planning any journey by car?

Drivers are being warned to plan ahead when travelling in the lead-up to Christmas, after experts predicted that Friday, 22 December would be the busiest day on the roads – leading it to be dubbed “Frantic Friday”.

More than 20m vehicles are expected to take to roads over the Christmas period. And because Christmas Day falls on a Monday this year, a combination of commuters and those setting off for Christmas is predicted to lead to the highest number of traffic jams.

Inrix, a transport analytics firm, warned that last year, there were more than 300 traffic jams at a peak of around 5pm on Friday, 23 December. Continue reading