Traffic: Britain's roads are busiest in Europe and London is 3rd most congested city
Last updated at 8:07 AM on 14th June 2011
Britain's roads are the most congested in Europe, according to figures confirming what millions of annoyed drivers have thought for so long.
The UK has 16 cities in a list of the 50 most gridlocked across the continent, with eight in the top 20.
Unsurprisingly, London has the worst congestion in Britain with just under 35 per cent of the capital’s roads regularly suffering jams, despite the congestion charge.
London has the worst congestion in Britain and is third overall in the annual table compiled by satnav giants TomTom, behind Brussels and Warsaw
In the past year London’s traffic flow has slightly improved, by 0.2 per cent.
London is third overall in the annual table compiled by satnav giants TomTom, behind Brussels and Warsaw.
Drivers in Edinburgh and Manchester also frequently get stuck in a jam with both cities figuring in the top ten.
Bradford, Belfast, Oxford and Birmingham are four of the five cities just outside the top ten.
THE 20 MOST GRIDLOCKED ROADS IN EUROPE
4.Wroclaw (Poland) 33.1%
The figures work out the percentage of
main roads suffering daily congestion based on up to 800 billion pieces
of data automatically updated from TomTom’s network.
is defined as a journey that should be one hour taking at least 20
minutes longer because of traffic flow. While the UK is worst, it is not
alone in suffering slow moving traffic on a daily basis.
of the top ten are cities in France while the top 50 includes traffic
hotspots as far afield as Norway to the Netherlands and Spain to
London’s traffic flow has decreased by 0.2 per cent
in the past year against an increase of 1.2 per cent in Brussels, said
TomTom, suggesting things are moving, slowly, in the right direction.
London still has some way to go to match Cologne, in Germany where just
under 19 per cent of roads are regularly congested.
The biggest year on year improvement has been in Dublin - a 9.7 per cent decrease in the last year, though the city is still 24th in the list.
A spokesman for TomTom said: ‘Some
cities have made good progress in cutting down the congestion on their
streets but many have a long way to go.
‘People who have no
choice but to drive in and out of a city should try and look for
alternative routes to avoid the worst of the jams where they can.
‘If you use available information to plan your journey such as our free live traffic map, or you can stagger the times of day when you need to be on the road, then you’ll find it much easier and less stressful.”
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Come on, it can't be that bad. The whole world wants to come here.
- John Smith, Anyone remember a country called England?, 14/6/2011 12:53
Im surprised leeds isnt on that list !! Its going to be horrendous when they start maintenance work on the Inner Ring Road on the tunnels/bridges ... Horrendous !
- charlotte, leeds, 14/6/2011 12:51
Well, if the NWO plan is to rid every country of its fertile green fields and food-producing capacity, then mass immigration is certainly the way to do it quickly, without having to wait centuries for the local population to increase to the same alarming numbers. Force everyone into high-rise flats, force people off the land and the entire population becomes dependent on the food suppliers for their essential needs. Then just turn off the food supplies (or poison them as our erstwhile US 'friends' have promised), then you get rid of a huge number of people. Lovely, isn't it? And we thought we were civilised. Well, we USED to be civilised in this country until the international cartel of mostly US-backed monopolists took over at the start of the 20th century. Pity the English were not more ruthless back in 1776 when the US declared its independence. Lord Howe and Clinton were sent as 'peace commissioners' and did not like the idea of killing British citizens unnecessarily.
- Still no reason to stop immigration?, Plan to defile entire countryside, UK, 14/6/2011 12:32
John Prescott was going to build new roads to stop gridlock: what happened?
- happy phill, morecambe, england, 14/6/2011 12:23
Errrrmmmm let me have a slight guess here, upping the population by a few million through immigration might make the country congested more, we're a small island and it'll only get worse. Just doesn't take a genius to work this out.
- Dan, Uk., 14/6/2011 12:17
London only the THIRD most congested, we'll have to see about that ! Import more migrants,Mr.Cameron,and the quicker the better.
- noddy, Birmingham,England, 14/6/2011 12:10
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