Britain among world's worst for traffic jams

Britain among world's worst for traffic jams

Troy Powers
February 7, 2018

The U.S. had 10 of the report's top 25 cities in the world with the worst traffic congestion.

The INRIX study shows that the city's placement cost each Los Angeles driver $2,828 and the city more than $19 billion. NY drivers ranked second, spending 91 hours slogging it out on the road.

Talking about the United Kingdom he said, "With the Office of National Statistics showing more cars on the road than ever before, we need to consider innovative new approaches to solving the issue". However, San Francisco highways fare better in the peak period than Seattle, Boston, Portland, Los Angeles and six other cities.

"The cost of congestion is astonishing", said Graham Cookson, Inrix chief economist. The new report "puts some real numbers to the size of that cost".

In England, drivers in Lincoln lost an average of 36 hours to the rush hour commute, the same as drivers in Birmingham. This accounts for wasted fuel and time, as well as indirect outcome such as inflated prices of goods caused by extra freighting fees. Congestion cost the capital as a whole £9.5bn from direct and indirect costs.

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Duchess Kate tries her hand at " bandy hockey " during day one of a four-day visit to Sweden and Norway on January 30, 2018 in Stockholm.

American cities were well-represented in the most-congested ranking: LA came in at #1, NYC at #3, SF at #5, and Atlanta at #8. Ten percent of San Diegans' driving time in 2017 was spent in traffic.

According to the analysis, San Francisco drivers averaged 79 hours sitting in traffic jams during peak travel times previous year.

Thailand topped the global breakdown with drivers in the Southeast Asian nation spending an average of 56 hours in peak-hour congestion.

He added: "It's no surprise that Edinburgh remains near the top of the table for delays as it is a victim of its own success in attracting economic activity, but has historically failed to create new road capacity within the city". El Paso, Austin and Dallas also reduced their traffic levels.

Call it the "Full Vancouver" - when you complain about real estate, the weather and traffic all in one conversation.