posted 2 years ago

UK Traffic Congestion Rose In 2013

Most Congested Cities In United Kingdom Revealed

Traffic congestion in cities throughout the United Kingdom was worse in 2013 than 2012, the TomTom Traffic Index has revealed. As such – compared to free flowing traffic periods – journey times were, on average, twenty-seven percent longer compared to twenty-six percent the previous year. Congestion was, therefore, worse in: London, Brighton, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, Birmingham, Portsmouth, Cardiff, Belfast and Southampton. Congestion also “failed to improve” in Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle and Glasgow. However, there were fewer delays in Leeds-Bradford and Bristol. The most congested city in the United Kingdom was Belfast, where journey times took thirty-six percent longer than if traffic was free flowing (on average). This was followed by London in second (thirty-four percent), Edinburgh in third (thirty-four), Bristol in fourth (thirty-two) and Brighton in fifth (thirty-one). Clearly, the impact of the increasing number of cars on the road can be easily measured – even over a short period.

The United Kingdom's seventeen most congested cities of 2013 were:

  Rank City  Congestion 2013

Congestion 2012
1    Belfast     36%   35%
2    London   34%   32%
3  Edinburgh 34%  34%
4 Bristol     32% 33%
5 Brighton  31%      30%
6  Manchester  26%    26%
7  Leeds-Bradford     26%     29%
8 Sheffield      26% 22%
9  Liverpool     25%   25%
10 Nottingham 25% 23%
11  Leicester          25%           22%
12  Newcastle   23%  23%
13 Birmingham 23%       22%
14 Portsmouth     22% 20%
15 Cardiff  22% 21%
16 Glasgow  22% 22%
17  Southampton 20%  19%

Short Cuts Cost Motorists Time

The TomTom Traffic Index also revealed that motorists that tried to minimise journey times by using rat runs might have delayed their arrival. Why? Because local roads saw twice as much lost travel time as more major alternatives. The figures were thirty-two percent and fifteen percent, respectively. In 2013, commuters spent a staggering ten working days in traffic which was one more than twelve months earlier. This was calculated by measuring the number of hours lost in traffic congestion throughout the country to reveal the total average delay per-annum in peak hours (morning and evening). The calculators assumed a typical thirty minute commute each way, over a year.

TomTom Representative Discusses Traffic Congestion In United Kingdom

“Traffic congestion is nothing new and continues to be a global challenge,” explained Harold Goddijn, CEO of TomTom.  “The traditional responses to congestion - such as building new roads or widening existing ones - are no longer proving to be effective”.


What a surprise? I wonder if Harold Goddijn ever thought the reason for all this mess was the under funding of the roads budget by successive governments over the last 40-50 years. What ever happened to "predict and provide". Thank you Maggie!n

Tom Tom's Harold Goddijn - said 'such as building new roads or widening existing ones - are no longer proving to be effective'. What universe does he live in - yes it does improve traffic flow. But do accept the real problem is way too larger a population for this country and for the world.

One of the factory adding to traffic delays is the police tendency to close roads to investigate traffic accidents. These closures can go on for hours. you would think that with modern technology a few photos, a bit of video and some GPS measurements the road could be reopened in minutes rather than hours!

Get a motorbike. Simples.