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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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