Congestion on British roads has jumped 40 per cent in just four years, new analysis has found.

The result is commuters in many cities spending longer and longer in queues. London is the worst offender, with drivers travelling during rush hour spending 101 hours per year stuck in traffic, which equates to about 12 working days.

Last week it was taking cars and vans up to 11 minutes just to cross bridges over the River Thames.

The analysis comes from a company called Inrix, which uses real-time traffic data to establish average speeds and congestion levels.

The rise in congestion is being blamed on a number of factors, including a sharp increase in the number of vans delivering internet shopping, the growth of minicab-hailing companies such as Uber and poorly planned roadworks.

Separate to the Inrix study, Transport for London released its own data looking at bus routes in the capital. It showed that a number of routes in the city centre have an average speed of just 5mph or less.

The news will come as no surprise to Lord Wolfson, chief executive of the clothing retailer Next. He recently offered a £250,000 prize to the person who could come up with the best solution to Britain’s road congestion issue.

“Britain’s roads are grinding to a halt and millions of people waste countless hours in needless traffic,” he said. “It’s bad for our economy and bad for people’s quality of life. Motorists pay £33bn in taxes to the government but aren’t getting the investment we need in our creaking road network.”

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

October 17, 2016

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