Britain’s Roads: The Most Jammed in Europe

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Britain’s Roads: The Most Jammed in Europe

Postby frv » Thu Dec 01, 2016 8:25 am

If you’ve sat in a traffic jam recently on Britain’s roads, you’re not alone. It will come as no surprise to anyone who regularly drives in the UK that our roads are very busy, but the proof is now in that they’re actually the most congested in the whole of the EU.

The proof comes from a study of EU cities performed by Inrix, and reported on by The BBC. Inrix, a data analysis organisation, spent time studying traffic data from over 120 European cities and identifying “traffic hotspots.” These are “pinch points” where drivers have to slow down to 35% (or less) of their expected speed for at least two minutes.

It turns out that here in the UK, we have over 20,000 of these hotspots across 21 of the cities studied. This is by far the highest number of any EU country. Behind us, by a long way, is Germany, with 8,517 hotspots, and Italy, with just over 5,000. Without doubt this means many UK drivers suffer more frustration on the roads than anyone else across the EU.
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Which of Britain’s Roads are Worst?

Unsurprisingly, London is right at the top of the list, with the M25 singled out as the place in Britain where people are most likely to suffer gridlock. The worst hotspot of all is the Northbound M25 between junctions 15 (M4) and 16 (M40).

Scotland is next on the list with the Edinburgh bypass named at Britain’s second worst hotspot, and Glasgow’s A8/M8 junction closely behind.

With over 20,000 of these hotspots across the UK, it’s almost impossible to avoid some of them on any cross-country trip. Factor in Britain’s rather unpredictable weather, and things look even worse.

Hopefully, investment announced as part of the recent Autumn Statement may finally see the nation making some headway with these almost-perpetual jams. £1.3 Billion of funding has been announced, over £200 Million of which is specifically to address “pinch points.” With over 20,000 of them identified in this study, Britain clearly needs every penny of it.

Do you think Britain’s roads are too congested? What do you think is the main cause?

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Re: Britain’s Roads: The Most Jammed in Europe

Postby tighterse » Mon Dec 05, 2016 1:19 pm

The dreaded Edinburgh bypass. From 0730 to 0930 and 1530 to 1830 it's just a slowly moving car park. One of the problems is that after it was opened there was a rash of new house building building to the south and east of the city to take advantage of easier access - guess what went wrong. Before it was built (and I remember that) places like Dalkeith, Penicuik, Tranent and so on were wee toons and villages. Now they're an extension of the city with vastly increased populations.

Of course what also happened is that out of town shopping centres were built to take advantage of the bypass. And nobody saw it coming.

There is also a great deal of agricultural activity to the east and south and farmers use the bypass with their slow moving tractors. Madness. If motorway regulations were applied to the bypass it would almost certaainly help.

I'm surprised the Forth crossing problem isn't mentioned. During the morning and evening rush hours it's a complete bottleneck that even the new bridge won't help.

Try to find one example where building new "fast" roads and bypasses actually helped. The Aberdonians don't know what's going to hit them when that bypass is finally built.

Don't get me started about road building and don't go near Inverness or Fort William crappy shopping centres surrounded by a permanent traffic jam and all caused by new road building.

Stop building roads, increase bus services and drive cars off the roads. You know it makes sense.
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