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Traffic Levels in the UK Amongst Worst Worldwide
Posted in General News on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
The UK has some of the most congested roads in the world. Our nation is second only to China when it comes to vehicle traffic levels. According to research by the sat-nav providers, TomTom, 11 of the 100 most congested cities in the world can be found in the UK.
Belfast has the highest traffic levels in the UK, drivers living in the Northern Irish capital spent a total of 200 hours stuck in traffic in 2016 and, at the busiest times motorists saw their travel times increase by as much as 87%. London and Edinburgh were next on the list, motorists in these two cities saw their travel times rise by an average of 40% last year.
On a global scale, an analysis of 390 cities across the world revealed that Mexico City suffered from the highest levels of congestion, motorists in this city saw their journey times increase by an average of 66% in 2016. Mexico City was closely followed by Bangkok which saw an average journey time increase of 61%.
Steve Gooding, the Director of the RAC, commented: “Road congestion is a high price to pay for having a successful economy, and the risk is that gridlock starts to strangle growth. That is why we don’t just need sustained investment, to add capacity and install better traffic management systems, we need intelligent investment planned to minimise disruption during construction, minimise maintenance requirements, and provide more flexibility for the future.”Comments (1)