INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard finds congestion cost Britain £6.9 billion in 2019
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INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard finds congestion cost Britain £6.9 billion in 2019

INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard finds congestion cost Britain £6.9 billion in 2019

INRIX, a global leader in transportation analytics and connected car services, has published the 2019 INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard, which identified, analyzed and ranked congestion and mobility trends in more than 900 cities, across 43 countries. To reflect an increasingly diverse mobility landscape, the 2019 Global Traffic Scorecard includes both public transport and biking metrics for the first time.

In the UK, the 2019 Global Traffic Scorecard analyzed the severity of congestion across the country’s top 102 urban areas. The findings show, on average, Brits wasted 115 hours in congestion this year, costing the country £6.9 billion in 2019, an average of £894 per driver.

London ranked as the most congested city in the country where the average commuter sat idle for 149 hours per year to congestion. Across the capital, the total damage to the economy exceeded £4.9bn. Belfast (112 hours), Bristol (103 hours), Edinburgh (98 hours) and Manchester (92 hours) complete the top five.

Trevor Reed, transportation analyst at INRIX, said: “Congestion costs drivers, businesses and the UK economy billions of pounds each year. With the rising price of motoring, consumers are getting hit hardest. With the UK budget due soon, hopefully the Chancellor will take the opportunity to address this issue with continued investments in transport networks.

One new initiative is already in place, with Boris Johnson recently approving the controversial High Speed 2 rail network. The first phase of the route will run between London and Birmingham, with a second phase going to Manchester and Leeds. Commenting on the impact it will have on congestion, Trevor Reed, continues:

“HS2 has the potential to decrease car use in the long run by creating a seamless network of rail connections between the UK’s employment hubs.”

Table 1: 10 Most Congested Urban Areas in the UK

2019 Congestion Rank (2018) Urban Area Hours Lost in Congestion Cost per City Inner City Last-Miles Speed
1 (1) London 149 £4.9B 10
2 (2) Belfast 112 £117m 11
3 (3) Bristol 103 £207M 13
4 (4) Edinburgh 98 £117M 10
5 (4) Manchester 92 £176M 14
6 (8) Cardiff 87 £109 16
7 (7) Birmingham 80 £325M 11
8 (8) Southampton 79 £74M 13
9 (6) Nottingham 78 £84M 12
10 (10) Hull 75 £90M 15

The Most Congested Corridors in the UK

London accounts for the top five worst corridors in the UK, where drivers on the A404/A501 wasted 44 hours in 2019 at peak hours in congestion. Outside the capital, commuters in Birmingham and Bournemouth on the A38 and A338 experienced yearly delays of 32 hours.

Table 2: 5 Most Congested UK Roads in 2019

Rank City Road Name From To Daily delay (minutes) Yearly delay (hours)
1 London A404/A501 Edgware Road Old Street 11 44
2 London A4 Chiswick High Road Piccadilly Circus 10 40
3 London M25 A307 M40 9 36
4 London A2 New Cross Gate Vauxhall 7 28
5 London A202 A2 A203 6 24

Table 3: 10 Most Congested UK Roads Outside London in 2019

Rank City Road Name From To Daily delay (minutes) Yearly delay (hours)
1 Birmingham A38 Northfield Lancaster Circus 8 32
2 Bournemouth A338 Hurn Road St. Paul’s Road 8 32
3 Edinburgh A90/A902 M90 A901 7 28
4 Leeds M62 A1(M) M621 6 24
5 Birmingham M5 M6 A38 6 24
6 Manchester A5103 M60 Mancunian Way 6 24
7 Liverpool A5047 M62 A580 6 24
8 Edinburgh A702 A720 A700 5 20
9 Manchester A56 A560 M60 5 20
10 Manchester A663 A627 A62 4 16

How UK Cities Compare to Top Cities Worldwide

At the global level, Bogota topped the list of the cities most impacted by traffic congestion with drivers losing 191 hours a year to congestion, followed by Rio de Janeiro (190 hours), Mexico City (158 hours) and Istanbul (150 hours). Latin American and European cities again dominated the Top 10, highlighting the rapid urbanisation occurring in Latin America and historic European cities that took shape long before the age of automobile.

Table 4: 10 Most Congested Cities in the World in 2019

2019 Impact Rank Urban Area Region Cost per Driver Inner City Last-Mile Speed (MPH)
1 Bogota, Colombia South America 191 9
2 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil South America 190 15
3 Mexico City, Mexico North America 158 12
4 Istanbul, Turkey Asia 150 11
5 Rome, Italy Europe 166 11
6 São Paulo, Brazil South America 150 13
7 Paris, France Europe 165 10
8 London, UK Europe 149 10
10 Chicago, Illinois North America 145 11

Access to reliable data is the first step in tackling congestion. Applying big data to create intelligent transportation systems is key to solving urban mobility problems. INRIX data and analytics on traffic, parking and population movement help city planners and engineers make data-based decisions to prioritise spending in order to maximise benefits and reduce costs now and for the future.

The key findings of the INRIX 2019 Global Traffic Scorecard provide a quantifiable benchmark for governments and cities across the world to measure progress to improve urban mobility and track the impact of spending on smart city initiatives.

Post source : INRIX

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