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UK’s worst traffic jams revealed

Traffic congestion cost the UK economy an estimated £9bn according to Inrix, which as revealed the worst jams over the past 12 months.

UK’s worst traffic jams revealed

UK’s worst traffic jams revealed

The year’s worst traffic jam occurred on 4 August 2017 on the M5 Northbound by Junction 20. Traffic tailed back 35 miles at the peak, and the jam lasted 15 hours, resulting in an estimated cost of £2.4m to road users.

This was followed by an incident on the M6 on 7 April, which saw drivers delayed for up to eight years as a result of emergency services, costing £1.2m overall.

Overall, November 2016 was the worst month in terms of volume with over 169,000 traffic jams on the UK’s major roads – 50% worse than average. However, traffic jams across the month of April proved the most severe, with the research revealing they were 24% worse than average.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 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.