M606 has average speed of just 25mph, finds new research

The M606 in Yorkshire has emerged as the UK’s slowest motorway, recording an average speed of 24.62mph, in research from RAM Tracking.

Chris McClellan, CEO of RAM Tracking

Chris McClellan, CEO of RAM Tracking

The vehicle tracking specialist also found that the M32 in South Gloucestershire was the second slowest motorway (26.15mph) followed by the M9 in Scotland (26.74mph).

Using tracking software in commercial vehicles across the country, the average speeds were captured from 1 January 2016 to 30 June 2016, from which the data has been split into the North of England and South of England. The data has been compiled to include both weekdays and weekends.

Key Statistics for the North of England:

  • The average speed on the M1 (North and South combined) is 43.82mph
  • The average speed on the M6 (North and South combined) is 40.62mph
  • The average speed on the M60 is 29.01mph
  • The average speed on the M62 is 39.77mph

Key Statistics for the South of England:

  • The average speed on the M1 (North and South combined) is 43.82mph
  • The average speed on the M4 is 44.35mph
  • The average speed on the M5 is 39.68mph
  • The average speed on the M6 (North and South combined) is 40.62mph

Chris McClellan, CEO at RAM Tracking, said: “This study has been beneficial for both us as a business as well as enlightening for customers. Our customers can access key live information about their vehicles, wherever they are in the world. RAM Tracking allows fleet managers to make decisions backed by powerful data to save them vital money on fuel consumption as well as boost productivity.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.