TRAFFIC jams cost drivers in Britain’s biggest cities more than £1,600 each last year.
London motorists were hardest hit — facing an average of 61 hours stuck on the most clogged road.
A typical scene as drivers are forced to queue to get into Central London[/caption]
The average peak time speed in central areas was a 7mph crawl — the same as equal slowest Edinburgh.
The congestion cost to drivers in London — the world’s sixth most gridlocked city — was £1,680. Scotland’s capital was next at £1,219 per driver followed by Manchester on £1,157.
Jams cost Britain £7.9billion last year at £1,317 for each motorist on average, says a study by research firm Inrix.
Experts say slow-moving traffic makes it costlier to transport goods and reduces productivity by making people late for work. It also leads to more accidents and pollution.
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The RAC’s Rod Dennis said: “Last year UK drivers told us that they were becoming more, not less, reliant on using their cars. Struggling public transport was cited as one reason.
“It’s a serious concern when you consider the limited physical space and the growing pressures to move large numbers of people around cities.”
Trevor Reed, of Inrix, said congestion would continue to have “serious consequences” for the economy without action.
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