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UK ranks 5th in Europe for congestion

The Annual Traffic Scorecard from INRIX also showed that London has moved up the European traffic congestion ranks to become the third most congested city in Europe in 2012. Manchester also climbed the European ranks moving from 20th to 18th place.

However, the report showed that congestion actually fell 19% in the UK last year as a result of the struggling economy, with Brits spending seven hours less in congestion. Overall motorists in the UK spent less time in traffic than fellow drivers in Germany, France and the Netherlands and a massive 30 hours less than travellers in Europe’s most congested country Belgium.

Meanwhile, all 18 UK cities analysed actually showed declines in traffic congestion throughout the year indicative of the impact of rising unemployment and fuel prices combined with declines in consumer spending.

‘There has always been strong correlation between the state of the economy and the level of traffic congestion on our roads. It tells us if people are employed and driving to work, going out to eat or doing some shopping, as well as whether or not businesses are shipping products,’ said Bryan Mistele, CEO, INRIX. ‘Considering unemployment hit record highs in 2012 and European household wealth dropped 13.6% to $10.9 trillion it’s hardly surprising that traffic levels have dropped significantly.’

 

Rank

UK City

Hours wasted in 2012

Hours wasted in 2011

%age drop since 2011

1

London commute zone

72

79

-9%

2

Gr. Manchester

45

54

-17%

3

Merseyside

37

43

-13%

4

S. Nottinghamshire

36

38

-6%

5

Gr. Birmingham

32

36

-10%

6

Gr. Belfast

31

39

-20%

7

Gr. Edinburgh

28

34

-18%

8

S. Yorkshire

27

33

-17%

9

Leeds-Bradford

27

34

-20%

10

Portsmouth-Fareham

25

32

-22%

11

Avon & N. Somerset

25

28

-12%

12

Tyne & Wear

24

38

-38%

13

N. Staffordshire

21

28

-24%

14

Gr. Coventry

21

28

-25%

15

Leicestershire

21

26

-19%

16

Glasgow

21

31

-32%

17

Cardiff & Valleys

19

27

-29%

18

Kingston-upon-Hull

18

25

-28%

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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.