" /> Traffic costs UK economy £7bn per year, partly due to ancient road network
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A NEW STUDY has found that drivers on Britain’s roads spent an average of 115 hours in traffic last year, costing the country £6.9bn — an average of £894 per driver — in wasted time.

The research, carried out by data and analytics company Inrix, pointed out that most of the UK’s cities predate the car by centuries and said London is unequipped to handle the 2.6m cars registered there.

London was found to be the UK’s most congested city, where drivers lost an average of 149 hours per year to traffic, with average speeds dropping as low as 10mph.

Despite London’s extensive public transport networks, 54% of London households have at least one car, according to data from Transport for London.

Car ownership, predictably, increases in outer London, where access to public transport is sparser.

London was the eighth most congested city in the world, higher than New York City and Boston. Three of the top five most congested cities were in South and Central America, with Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo coming in second and fifth respectively. No European cities came in the top five, although Rome and Paris came in sixth and seventh.

The Inrix report said that European cities were some of the most congested in the world, asserting again that this was due to “the vast majority of their growth occurring prior to the widespread adoption of the automobile.”

It also pointed out, however, that European cities were home to robust public transport networks as well as good walking and cycling routes. Denser cities that were built before the advent of cars, while tending to wreak more havoc for automobiles, are often better equipped for travelling using public transport.

Glynn Barton, TfL’s Director of Network Management, said that TfL was making efforts to quieten the roads by improving public transport, investing in technology to reduce the time taken to clear unplanned incidents, removing the congestion charge exemption for private hire vehicles and working closely with utility companies to make sure that roadworks are better coordinated.”Read More….

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