Britain’s traffic jam delays are at an all-time high as UK traffic figures show that drivers spend an average delay of 46 seconds per mile of congestion.
Increasingly frequent and lengthy traffic jams have been blamed on the lack of funding and development in UK roads as drivers covered a record 324 billion miles in 2016 – 2.2 per cent more than in 2015.
The official statistics published in the government’s annual transport statistics report yesterday also show that motorists now spend an average delay of 46 seconds per mile of congestion. Central London came out as the worst for congestion where drivers have to endure average hold ups of nearly six minutes for each mile of congestion.
Jack Cousens, from the AA, told the Daily Mail: “With more vehicles on the roads than ever before, and drivers growing increasingly frustrated by traffic jams, we are on the road to gridlock Britain.
“Despite all the talk and investment surrounding high-speed rail and alternative modes of transport, road travel, especially car, continues to be far and away the most favoured mode of transport. Investment is needed to help traffic flow, in order to deliver goods and services.”
The figures also show that drivers endure heavy congestion in all English regions, with Slough, North Tyneside and Halton, Cheshire, seeing the highest increases in delay times in the past 12 months.
Yet, despite the escalating UK traffic jams, the government says it is investing £23 billion in UK road improvements.
A spokesman for the Department for Transport told the paper: “We are taking the big decisions for Britain’s future and investing a record £23 billion on our roads.
“We are giving councils record amounts of capital funding – more than £71 billion up to 2021. This will help to upgrade and maintain local roads.”