UK’s worst roads revealed

The UK is ranked the sixth worst for traffic in Europe, according to a new report from leading traffic information and driver services provider INRIX.

The 2013 Annual INRIX Traffic Scorecard shows that traffic congestion in Europe rose in 2013 for the first time in two years.

In the UK, drivers wasted approximately 30 hours in traffic congestion in 2013, one more hour than 2012. Overall, motorists in the UK spent less time in traffic than fellow drivers in Belgium, Netherlands, France, Germany and Luxembourg and approximately 30 fewer hours than travellers in Europe’s worst country for traffic, Belgium.

Traffic congestion was up in nine of the 18 UK cities analysed. The biggest increase in traffic congestion was London (+13%) where drivers sat idle for 82 hours in traffic, 10 more hours than 2012.

Based on the amount of hours wasted last year in traffic, the UK’s 10 worst metropolitan areas for driving were:

 

Rank

UK Metropolitan Area

Hours Wasted in 2013

Change from 2012 (in hours)

1

London commute zone

82

10

2

Gr. Manchester

46

2

3

Merseyside

39

2

4

S. Nottinghamshire

39

4

5

Gr. Birmingham

33

1

6

Gr. Belfast

31

1

7

S. Yorkshire

26

-1

8

Leeds-Bradford

25

2

9

Avon & N. Somerset

24

0

10

Portsmouth-Fareham

24

-1

A 14-mile stretch of the A4 near London has been named the UK’s worst road; costing drivers approximately 91 hours last year.

President and CEO of INRIX Bryan Mistele said: “So goes traffic, so goes the economy. While bad news for drivers, increases in traffic congestion in Europe are signs of a slowly recovering economy.”

The amount of time British drivers spent in traffic throughout the year has risen slightly, from 29 hours in 2012 to 30 hours in 2013. This puts the UK in sixth place in Europe, behind Belgium (1st), the Netherlands, Germany, France and Luxembourg respectively. Drivers in Belgium spent almost twice as long in traffic (58 hours) as British drivers in 2013. The most congested European city is Brussels, where drivers spent 83 hours in traffic last year.

Based on total annual hours of delay in the worst peak period (either morning or evening), the UK’s 10 worst roads for traffic last year were:

 

Rank Metropolitan Area Road(s) Between And Distance (miles) Worst Peak Period (am /pm) Total Delay per Year (hours)

1

London A4 Central London The M4

14.2

pm

91

2

London A4 The M4 Central London

14.7

pm

73

3

London A215 Camberwell Croydon turn off

9.55

pm

67

4

London A217 Morden Chelsea

10.4

pm

67

5

London A1/A1(M) Finchley Barbican

8.43

pm

66

6

London A23 Croydon Westminster Bridge Road

8.62

pm

63

7

London A205 Catford Woolwich Ferry

6.86

pm

60

8

London A41 Central London M1

7.54

pm

52

9

London A12 Stratford M25

13.6

pm

50

10

London A406 Chiswick Roundabout Neasden Junction

5.88

pm

48

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