New report shows that economic downturn has cut traffic, particularly at rush hour.  

The credit crunch and the economic decline that followed has had its upsides.  

A report just published by Trafficmaster and the AA shows that our roads are far less clogged than they once were.  Rising unemployment and dearer fuel prices have had a particularly marked effect on rush hours and overall there’s a 31% reduction in jams on motorways and major trunk roads.  

The report shows that 25% of those who used to commute but no longer do lost their jobs within the last 12 months. And one in five of those still travelling to work said that they now worked from home more frequently to reduce commuting costs. More, too, shared car journeys or used public transport.  But while congestion had dropped during the working week, there have big increases in weekend travel and during school and Bank Holidays, as more people take breaks in the UK.  As a result, Friday is the only day on which the roads are now busier.  

The findings come from Congestion – Commuting, An Economic Barometer, a report written and researched by Trafficmaster and the AA. It draws together comprehensive traffic information and commuting behaviour research from the AA/Populus panel of 75,000 drivers.

Stephen Jury


September 7, 2009

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