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Although cars are being driven less in town centres a surge in delivery vans to take goods to homes and offices has fuelled congestion rise Although cars are being driven less in town centres a surge in delivery vans to take goods to homes and offices has fuelled congestion rise
Nellie Chapman | 06 February, 2018, 17:05

The UK is the world's 10th most congested country and London is Europe's second most gridlocked city after Moscow.

Manchester, Birmingham, Luton and Edinburgh made up the UK's top five most jammed cities, according to research by traffic data firm Inrix.

Motorists in Grimsby lost an average of 21 hours per year sitting in traffic last year, which is far higher than the four hours Gainsborough drivers spend in traffic.

Cities are then ranked by the amount of time an average driver spends in congestion during peak hours.

Inrix chief economist Dr Graham Cookson said: "The cost of congestion is astonishing".

London drivers spent an average of 74 hours stuck in traffic past year during peak hours, costing individuals £2,430.

INRIX also reports that traffic congestion costs US drivers more than $305 billion in direct and indirect costs in 2017, an increase of $10 billion from 2016, mainly due to rising costs of vehicle ownership.

Travelling into and out of London at peak hours, drivers spent 16% of their time in congestion with an average speed of 12.8 mph.

Despite the Department for Transport pledging an additional £23bn on road schemes, the RAC has said there is no "silver bullet to sorting out congestion". "Increased flexible working or road charges have potential, however, transport authorities should be looking to exciting developments in data analytics and AI which promise to reinvent our approach to traffic management".

But a top 10 list of hours wasted in congestion includes towns like Braintree in Essex, and Bath in Somerset. Lincoln and Birmingham followed. The total cost of congestion to United Kingdom drivers was more than £37.7 billion in 2017.

A Welsh Government spokeswoman said: "The coming years will see multi-billion pound Government investment in our infrastructure - including major improvements to the M4, A55, A40 and A494".

The completion of road projects on the M8, M73 and M74 in central Scotland helped ease congestion by 20% in Aberdeen, 15% in Glasgow and 10% in Edinburgh.

"Journeys have got better because of the combination of new roads and the end of roadworks", Dr Cookson said. Ring-fenced funding for improving England's major roads from 2021 should help, but there also needs to be an emphasis placed on providing cheap, practical, reliable alternatives to the auto - especially in urban areas.