Britain’s roads are the third most congested in Europe, according to new research.

A new study by traffic analysts Inrix found only Russia and Turkey have more congested roads in Europe. However, the UK is suffering as London remains the second most congested city in the continent and traffic is costing drivers £30.8 billion across the country.

In the capital, drivers were found to spend 73 hours on average stuck in traffic in 2016. While this figure has fallen from 101 hours in the previous year, the average across the UK has risen from 30 hours to 32 hours.

The study found that drivers are losing out on fuel costs and their time, and the congestion is also affecting their productivity.

Graham Cookson, chief economists at Inrix said: “Despite Brexit, 2016 saw the UK economy remaining stable, fuel prices staying low and employment growing to an 11-year high, all of which incentivizes road travel and helped increase congestion as the 2016 Traffic Scorecard demonstrates.

“The cost of this congestion is staggering, stripping the economy of billions, impacting businesses and costing consumers dearly. To tackle this problem, we must consider bold options such as remote working, wider use of road user charging and investment in big data to create more effective and intelligent transportation systems.”

James Ash


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February 21, 2017