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Average commuter spent five days sitting in traffic during 2015

Published 22 March 2016

The average commuter spent 127 hours of 2015 stuck in congested traffic, according to TomTom. Belfast is the most congested city in the UK, with journeys taking up to 86 per cent longer during evening rush hour. London was the seconds most congested UK city, with journeys taking 66 per cent longer in the evening peak, as opposed to when traffic is flowing freely.

Manchester, Edinburgh, Brighton, Hull, Bournemouth, Newcastle, Bristol and Sheffield make up the rest of the 10 most congested UK cities. “If only five per cent of us changed our travel plans, we could improve traffic congestion on our main roads by up to thirty per cent” said Ralf-Peter Schaefer, Vice-President of TomTom Traffic.

“Transport authorities are managing congestion with well-engineered policies, but you can’t just build your way out of traffic jams. Studies have shown that policies of ‘predict and provide’ are unsustainable.  Building new motorways and ring roads doesn’t eliminate congestion.  More must be done to better manage existing road space and to spread demand.” 

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