Drivers in London lost 227 hours last year thanks to congested roads


Drivers in the UK lost £7.9 billion in 2018 thanks to traffic jams, which equates to an average loss of £1,317 per motorist.

Motorists in London lost 227 hours last year thanks to congestion, making it the city having to deal with the most congested roads across the country, with Birmingham coming in second as drivers wasted 134 hours in queues, followed by Glasgow on 99 hours lost.

As far as the amount of money lost per motorist, London was once again number one on £1,680 lost on average per driver, with Edinburgh second on £1,219 followed in third by Manchester with £1,157.

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Drivers in the UK lost around £8 billion last year thanks to traffic jams. © Copyright Mat Fascione and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Transport company INRIX gathered the data, which involved calculating time lost in congestion by exercising peak, off-peak and free flow information from various times of the day.

Sharing first place as the slowest city in the UK was London and Edinburgh, both on last-mile speeds of 7mph – this was calculated using the last mile from intercity journeys.

The most congested passage in the UK last year was on the A406 from Chiswick Roundabout to Hanger Lane, as the average driver using this area lost 61 hours sat in traffic.

Second was the A23 from Kennington to Thornton Road with a yearly interruption of 56 hours, followed by Kingsway/Strand/Fleet/Cannon Street from Russell Square to Monument on 49 hours.

The worst passages are restricted to those that have the highest volume of traffic and are rated by the average hours of interruption per driver last year.

Regarding global rankings, the most congested city in the world in 2018 was Moscow, with Istanbul in second, followed by Bogota – London was in sixth place.

INRIX collected their information from anonymous GPS data gathered from more than 300 million “connected cars and devices” which included iPhones & Android devices, as well as Sync Infotainment Systems in Fords, to determine the amount of time motorists wasted sat in traffic jams last year.


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