Rush-hour urban congestion on rise again
The new research, conducted by Citroen, found that during a one-hour journey at peak times, the average inner city commuter could be spending around 25 minutes 39 seconds – or 43% of their trip – at a complete standstill.
Citroen commissioned the research to highlight the benefits of its e-HDi models, which feature "Stop & Start" diesel engine technology.
The carmaker analysed journeys during the traditional morning and evening rush hours – 8-9am and 5-6pm – in five major UK cities; London, Manchester, Norwich, Birmingham and Cardiff during February. The same routes were first monitored in 2006 and the study was repeated in 2008.
Marc Raven, Citroen’s communications director, commented: 'Despite a general downward trend in traffic during the economic slowdown, many urban commuters are experiencing similar, if not worse stop-start journeys to work as they were five years ago.'
The research found that city motorists could be doing zero mph for approximately 43% of their twice daily commute. Over the evaluated rush hour periods, that figure has increased by an average of 3 minutes 5 seconds – or 13.7% – over the last five years.
London and Manchester saw the biggest increases. Drivers in the Capital were static for 19 minutes 20 seconds on average in 2006, but this had risen to an amazing 36 minutes 28 seconds at the start of 2011. Manchester leapt from 21 minutes to 28 minutes 39 seconds. In contrast, Cardiff saw an average 10-minute reduction in the time spent stationary.