Motorists spent an average of an extra ten hours stuck in stationary traffic on Britain’s most congested roads last year, according to a study conducted by traffic data company Inrix.
The rise in the amount of congestion has been attributed to the UK’s economic recovery, which has seen an increase in the use of motorways and minor roads by both business and private vehicle owners.
The most prominent of these delays were in London, where drivers queued for 13 per cent longer, or 82 hours on average a year. The research also highlighted increases in congestion in nine of the UK’s largest 18 cities.
The study, which analysed trillions of pieces of data gathered by GPS navigation systems, roadside sensors, car manufacturers and mobile phone apps revealed that London is the second most congested city in Europe, behind Brussels.
Congestion is also expected to worsen as the Government forecasts a 40 per cent increase in the volume of traffic by 2030.
According to a separate study, British motorists also pay the highest fuel taxes in Europe. Drivers in the UK are faced with 61 per cent tax on diesel, the highest of all 28 EU nations, and 59 per cent tax on petrol, which is second highest behind Sweden. This is despite the tax on fuel being frozen since March 2011.
The RAC Foundation, which compared tax rates across Europe, found that Britain has some of the lowest fuel costs when fuel duty and VAT are taken out of the equation. It has urged chancellor George Osbourne to cut fuel duty in his Budget on March 19.