Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Traffic jams costing the UK over £37b a year


Time wasted in traffic jams is estimated to have cost Brits £37.7 billion – or £1,168 per driver – in lost productivity, wasted fuel and time, according to a study.

Analysis by Inrix also ranked UK roads as the 10th most congested in the world last year, with drivers spending an average of 31 hours stuck in traffic jams.

Motorists travelling in London were heaviest hit by traffic jams: the capital was the second most congested city in Europe in 2017 – beaten only by Moscow – and the seventh worst in the world.

London drivers spent an average of 74 hours stuck in traffic last year during peak hours, costing individuals £2,430; the cost to city as a whole was estimated at £9.5 billion. During peak hours, the capital’s traffic was travelling at under 5mph 23 per cent of the time, while the A406 between Chiswick roundabout and Hanger Lane was the capital’s most congested road.


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