London remains Europe’s second most congested city

London congestion

London has been named as the UK’s most congested city for the tenth consecutive year, with drivers spending an average of 74 hours stuck in traffic during peak in 2017.

The INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard, published on 6 February, ranks the impact of traffic congestion in 1,360 cities across 38 countries worldwide – the largest study of its kind.

Not only is London ranked number one in the UK, the annual scorecard places it second in Europe (behind Moscow) and 7th in the world, for the second year in succession.

In terms of the financial impact, the report says the cost of congestion for the Capital’s drivers stood at £2,430 in 2017 – more than twice the national average of £1,136. This equates to more than £9.5bn for Londoners in total.

Manchester came second, followed by Birmingham, Luton, Edinburgh, Bournemouth and Bristol (=6th), Newcastle, Coventry and Liverpool.

Looking at the country on a whole, the report finds the UK to be Europe’s third most traffic-congested country, behind Russia and Turkey, and in tenth position globally.

However, the average time UK drivers spent in peak time traffic did fall by one hour from 2016.

6 February 2018