UK drivers spend more time in traffic compared to drivers in Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, according to a new study.
Although according to the INRIX UK Traffic Scorecard, London ranks second after Paris as the most traffic clogged city among the 6 countries analysed.
The fallout from heavy traffic congestion hits the UK economy hard on several different levels. With many drivers paying over 117.1p at petrol stations and roads clogged with traffic congestion on average 35 hours a week across the country's 25 worst bottlenecks, traffic continues to have a major impact on consumers, the U.K. economy and the environment.
The scorecard found that the worst place and time to be on UK roads is in Manchester on Fridays from 17:00-18:00 where it takes on average 56 percent longer than the same journey in uncongested conditions.
Overall, U.K. drivers incurred a Journey or Travel Time Tax of 22 percent meaning that a random journey along the U.K.'s major motorways during peak weekday driving hours takes an average 22 percent longer than the same journey would take in uncongested conditions.
By analyzing traffic on major motorways in the country's 25 largest metropolitan areas, the Scorecard provides a comprehensive snapshot into the intractable issues of urban traffic congestion.
According to the report, the Top 10 Most Congested Cities in the UK span all regions:
1. London: Drivers waste 54 hours per year in traffic, Worst Hour = Friday from 17:00-18:00
2. Manchester: Drivers waste 72 hours per year in traffic, Worst Hour = Friday from 17:00-18:00
3. Belfast: Drivers waste 62 hours per year in traffic, Worst Hour = Monday from 8:00-9:00 AM
4. Newcastle upon Tyne: Drivers waste 62 hours per year in traffic, Worst Hour = Wednesday 8:00-9:00 AM
5. Glasglow: Drivers waste 48 hours per year in traffic, Worst Hour = Tuesday 8:00-9:00 AM
6. Birmingham: Drivers waste 53 hours per year in traffic, Worst Hour = Monday 8:00-9:00 AM
7. Leeds-Bradford: Drivers waste 40 hours per year in traffic, Worst Hour = Monday 8:00-9:00 AM
8. Aberdeen: Drivers waste 56 hours per year in traffic, Worst Hour = Tuesday 8:00-9:00 AM
9. Liverpool: Drivers waste 58 hours per year in traffic, Worst Hour = Monday 8:00-9:00 AM
10. Edinburgh: Drivers waste 49 hours per year in traffic, Worst Hour = Wednesday 8:00-9:00 AM
"Our business is built on knowing what's going on with traffic day in and day out in 20 countries," said Hans Puvogel, GM of INRIX Europe. "The Scorecard, and the data powering the report, will contribute enormously to a better understanding of traffic congestion on U.K. roads helping governments and businesses free people and commerce from gridlock."
The INRIX UK Scorecard takes a micro look at traffic problems all across the country – zooming in on the total hours spent in traffic, worst day of the week for commuting and average speeds for the top 25 cities in the UK, along with hundreds of other details including the identification of the worst traffic bottlenecks the country's drivers crawl through every day.
Unique patterns evolving out of U.K. traffic congestion include:
• Worst Traffic Day: Wednesday
• Worst Week Day Morning: Monday
• Worst Commuting Hour: Monday 8-9 AM
• Worst Evening Commute: Friday afternoon
• Best Week Day for Traffic: Friday
• Best Week Day Morning: Friday morning
• Best Week Day Commuting Hour: Friday 6-7 AM
• Best Week Day Afternoon: Monday
In analyzing and ranking the worst traffic bottlenecks across the country, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasglow dominate the rankings in commuting nightmares.
However, the worst traffic bottleneck in the UK is a 1.24 mile stretch of the M5 heading toward Birmingham up to Junction 8 at the M6, which was congested 63 hours a week in 2009/10, with an average speed below 15 mph when congested.
If you happen to be driving on the M5 into town on a Friday from 17:00 to 18:00 you could conceivably ride your bike faster than your car can take you to work, with an average speed of only 8 mph during congested periods.
According to the report, the Top 10 Worst U.K. Traffic Bottlenecks are:
1. Birmingham: The M5 heading toward Birmingham at the M6
2. London: The Blackwall Tunnel Approach at Blackwall Lane
3. London: Canterbury Way heading toward the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge at the M25
4. Newcastle upon Tyne: The A19 at the Tyne Tunnel North Approach
5. London: Canterbury Way heading toward Purfleet at the M25
6. London: The M25 headed toward Rickmansworth at the J19
7. Glasglow: The M8 heading toward Kingston Bridge at the J22
8. London: The M25 heading toward Dartford at the J18
9. Glasglow: The M8 heading toward Kingston Bridge at the J20
10. Glasglow: The M8 heading toward Seaward at the J21