Congestion costs Britain £8bn per year – INRIX

ITS (UK) member INRIX has published its annual Global Traffic Scorecard that identified and ranked congestion and mobility trends in more than 200 cities across 38 countries.

In the U.K., the 2018 Traffic Scorecard analysed congestion and the severity of it in the top 20 urban areas. Drivers in the U.K. lost an average of 178 hours a year due to congestion, costing drivers U.K. drivers £7.9 billion in 2018, an average of £1,317 per driver. London (227 hours lost due to congestion) and Birmingham (134 hours) ranked as the two most congested cities in the U.K. by INRIX overall impact of congestion ranking.

London drivers lost up to £1,680 per year due to congestion, followed by Edinburgh (£1,219), Manchester (£1,157) and Leicester (£1,145). Liverpool had the lowest cost of congestion among the U.K. cities studied at £878 per driver.

“Congestion costs Brits billions of pounds each year. Unaddressed, it will continue to have serious consequences for national and local economies, businesses and citizens in the years to come,” said Trevor Reed, transportation analyst at INRIX. “In order to avoid traffic congestion becoming a further drain on our economy, it is increasingly obvious that authorities need to adapt. With the help of new and innovative intelligent transportation solutions, we can begin to tackle the mobility issues we face today.”

Table 1: 10 Most Congested Urban Areas in the U.K.

2018 Impact Rank (2017)

Urban Area

Hours Lost in Congestion (Rank 2018)

Year Over Year Change

Intercity Last Mile-Travel Time (minutes)

Intercity Last-Mile Speed (MPH)

Cost of Congestion per Driver

1 (1)

London

227 (1)

1%

8

7

£1,680

2 (2)

Birmingham

134 (12)

-4%

5

12

£994

3 (3)

Glasgow

99 (16)

4%

6

13

£736

4 (7)

Manchester

156 (4)

2%

6

10

£1,157

5 (5)

Bristol

149 (9)

0%

8

8

£1,099

6 (4)

Edinburgh

165 (3)

10%

8

7

£1,219

7 (8)

Sheffield

149 (8)

1%

6

10

£1,101

8 (9)

Leicester

155 (5)

-4%

6

11

£1,145

9 (10)

Leeds

143 (10)

6%

5

12

£1,057

10 (6)

Liverpool

119 (13)

-16%

6

9

£878

 

The Most Congested Corridors in the U.K.

The A406 from Chiswick Roundabout to Hanger Lane tops the INRIX list of worst corridors in U.K., with the average driver wasting 61 hours per year in congestion. The A23, the Strand and Leeds Road and the A34 in Birmingham make up the top 5.

 

Table 2: 20 Most Congested U.K. Roads in 2018

 

Rank

City

Road Name

From

To

Daily Delay (Mins)

Yearly Delay (Hrs)

1

London

A406|North Circular Road

Chiswick Roundabout

Hanger Lane

15

61

2

London

A23

Kennington

Thornton Road

14

56

3

London

Kingsway|Strand|Fleet|Cannon Street

Russell Square

Monument

12

49

4

Leeds

Leeds Road|Saltaire Road

Harrogate Road

Bradford Road

11

44

5

Birmingham

A34|Stratford Road

Highfield Road

Highgate Middleway

11

44

6

London

A406|North Circular Road

A1

A10

11

43

7

London

A2103

Canary Warf

Tower of London

11

43

8

Birmingham

A34|Stratford Road

Highgate Middleway

Highfield Road

11

42

9

Leeds

Huddersfield Road|Leeds Road

Dewsbury

Huddersfield

10

40

10

Manchester

Bury New Road

Higher Broughton

M60

9

34

11

Manchester

Bramhall Lane South

Bridge Lane

Stockport

8

33

12

Birmingham

Dudley Port

Black Country New Road

Dudley

8

32

13

Manchester

Chapel|Crescent|Broad Street

Victoria Bridge

M60

8

32

14

Glasgow

Great Western Road

Kelvinside

Bearsden Road

8

31

15

Birmingham

Soho Hill|Birmingham Road

Icknield Street

M5

8

30

 

 

How the U.K. Cities Compare to Top Cities Worldwide

At the global level, Moscow topped the list of the world’s most gridlocked cities (210 hours lost due to congestion) when weighting for population, followed by Istanbul, Bogota, Mexico City and São Paulo. The dominance of Latin American cities should not be a surprise due to their rapid urbanisation, high levels of informal settlements, unforgiving topographies and financial volatility. London was the only U.K. city in the Top 10 most congested cited in the world.

Table 3: 10 Most Congested Cities in the World in 2018

 

2018 Impact Rank (2017)

Urban Area

Country

Region

Hours Lost in Congestion (Rank 2018)

Year Over Year Change

1 (1)

Moscow

Russia

Europe

210 (10 )

-12%

2 (3)

Istanbul

Turkey

Europe

157 (32 )

6%

3 (2)

Bogota

Colombia

South America

272 (1 )

-5%

4 (4)

Mexico City

Mexico

South America

218 (9 )

3%

5 (5)

São Paulo

Brazil

South America

154 (39 )

-1%

6 (6)

London

U.K.

Europe

227 (6 )

1%

7 (8)

Rio de Janeiro

Brazil

South America

199 (13 )

15%

8 (7)

Boston, MA

United States

North America

164 (25 )

-6%

9 (9)

Saint Petersburg

Russia

Europe

200 (12 )

-5%

10 (13)

Rome

Italy

Europe

254 (2 )

16%

 

 

Good data is the first step in tackling congestion. Applying big data to create intelligent transportation systems is key to solving urban mobility problems. INRIX data and analytics on traffic, parking and population movement help city planners and engineers make data-based decisions to prioritise spending in order to maximise benefits and reduce costs now and for the future.

 

Commenting on the report, Glynn Barton, Director of Network Management at TfL, said: “We are taking bold action to reduce congestion and improve London’s poor air quality. This includes removing the Congestion Charge exemption for private hire vehicles and reducing the time taken to clear up unplanned incidents, ensuring that roadworks by utilities companies and others are better coordinated. We are also working with the freight industry to encourage more efficient deliveries across the capital.”

 

“To directly tackle poor air quality, we are ensuring that buses, taxis and private hire vehicles are as green as possible, alongside the introduction of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone this April. In delivering the Mayor’s ambitious plans for 80 per cent of all journeys to be made by public transport, walking or cycling by 2041, our plans will further help tackle congestion across London.”   

 

The key findings of the INRIX 2018 Traffic Scorecard provide a quantifiable benchmark for governments and cities across the world to measure progress to improve urban mobility and track the impact of spending on smart city initiatives.

INRIX is the global leader in connected car services and transportation analytics. Leveraging big data and the cloud, INRIX delivers comprehensive services and solutions to help move people, cities and businesses forward. Our partners are automakers, governments, mobile operators, developers, advertisers, as well as companies large and small. 

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