New report shows UK beats US for worst traffic congestion
A survey by INRIX, a leading provider of traffic information and driver services, has revealed that UK drivers sit idle in traffic 46 hours per year on average, compared to 22 hours for commuters in the US.
The analysis of traffic congestion in European and US cities also found that UK roads are at their busiest during Monday morning rush hour while American roads are most congested on a Friday evening.
NRIX Europe general manager Hans Puvogel said: 'Despite drivers spending nearly twice the amount of time stuck in traffic compared to the Americans, traffic in the country's largest cities is much worse than those in the UK. While traffic jams still clog the roads in cities like London and Birmingham, it shows the UK is doing a much better job managing traffic congestion in its major urban centers than its US counterparts.'
Other key findings include:
Trend UK US
Worst traffic day Wednesday Thursday
Best traffic day Friday Monday
Best traffic hour Friday 6-7 AM Friday 6-7 AM
Worst traffic hour Monday 8-9 AM Friday 5-6 PM
Travel Time Tax* 22.5% 9.7%
NRIX Traffic Scorecard:
The top five cities/regions with the most traffic congestion in the UK and the US:
Ranking UK Annual hrs US Annual hrs
1st London 54 Los Angeles 75
2nd Manchester 71 New York 46
3rd Belfast 61 Chicago 36
4th Newcastle 61 Washington 51
5th Glasgow 47 Dallas 26
* Travel Time Tax (T3): The methodology used to measure overall congestion and to establish Urban Area T3 for each of the weekly 40 peak period drive time hours enables the calculation of total UK Urban Area congestion metrics, by hour, by morning and evening drive time, by day and overall.