UK Roads Among Most Congested In World

UK Roads Among Most Congested In World

The UK’s roads are some of the most congested of the world and, while they don’t come in at the top – that honour was reserved for Thailand – they are in at number ten, with only Russia and Turkey performing worse in Europe.

Research published by INRIX also noted that London is the second-most congested city in the world, behind Russia’s Moscow.

In London, the organisation estimated that motorists spent an average of 74 hours in congestion at peak times in 2017. The A406 from Chiswick Roundabout to Hanger Lane was named as the most congested stretch of road in the country.

Outside of the capital, the most congested highways in the nation were found to be in Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Belfast.

It’s estimated that this is having a serious financial impact on motorists, with the direct and indirect costs of congestion hitting an average of £1,168 per driver annually. Collectively, it’s costing UK drivers £37.7 billion a year.

Chief economist at INRIX Dr Graham Cookson commented: “We need to consider innovative new approaches to solving the issue. Increased flexible working or road charges have potential.”

He added that AI and data analytics advances have the potential to “reinvent our approach to traffic management”, which is what transport authorities should be focusing on.

This will no doubt involve planning repair works to highways around the country to ensure as little impact on traffic flow as possible. In December, Highways England published a report explaining how technology will be used to improve the efficiency of road maintenance, as well as to improve safety.

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