Traffic congestion gets worse in UK cities

Traffic congestion gets worse in UK cities

Traffic congestion in UK cities has worsened over the past year, according to the fourth annual Traffic Index from TomTom. It shows average journeys in 2013 took 27% longer than they would in free-flowing traffic.

Traffic jams in 10 out of Britain’s 17 biggest cities have become worse over the past 12 months and failed to improve in a further five leaving only two local Councils,  in Leeds-Bradford and Bristol, to congratulate themselves on falling congestion.

The TomTom Traffic Index shows that Belfast remains the most congested city in the UK, with journey times 36% slower than free-flow traffic throughout the day. London is next worst with journey times 34% slower.

Traffic expert TomTom analysed over ten trillion pieces of data worldwide to compile its traffic index, which showed that Moscow remains the most congested city globally with congestion at 74%, Istanbul (62%) is in second place, followed by Rio de Janeiro (55%) – and that’s before the World Cup invasion!

“Traffic congestion is nothing new, and continues to be a global challenge,” commented Harold Goddijn, CEO of TomTom.  “The traditional responses to congestion – such as building new roads or widening existing ones – are no longer proving to be effective.

“Real time traffic information can help drivers find the quickest shortcut on their journey, and assist governments to make smarter decisions to improve traffic flow for their cities.”

British commuters are now spending 10 working days a year stuck in traffic, up from nine days a year ago.

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