New figures reveal record traffic levels as Britain's roads are becoming 'increasingly more congested'

Britain's roads are becoming "increasingly congested" as new figures reveal record traffic levels, motoring experts have warned.

There were 320.5 billion vehicle miles travelled in 2016, up 1.2% on the previous year, according to Department for Transport data. This is the most ever recorded, and is 2% more than the pre-recession peak in the year ending September 2007. Furthermore, traffic on motorways and rural A roads increased to new record levels last year, rising by 2.1% and 2.5% respectively.

Finlay Clark UK head of waze, the real-time, crowdsourced navigation app, says “Our data, last year revealed that average speeds in London decreased by 12% to just 17.4mph . In comparison, Birmingham has an average speed of 33mph. Furthermore, the number of traffic jams that have been reported around the capital is up by 56% last year. Overall, average speeds around the UK are decreasing as more cars take to the already congested road network. However there are certain steps that can be taken in the meantime to avoid the worst of congestion.

"Motorists can avoid traffic hotspots by considering alternative routes as well as re-planning routes around less busy times and roads. The free Waze app will get drivers to their destination safely and effectively in the fastest time possible, by using updates from real drivers on the roads, all working together to highlight traffic hotspots through live traffic data. With 65 million Waze users worldwide sharing their daily commute with others, pooling congestion data will help solve the acute congestion issues UK the faces”.  

Waze provides peace of mind by suggesting the fastest and most optimal route possible to any destination, by tracking real-time traffic and road conditions from drivers’ phones - thus saving other local drivers time and fuel. Join this community today by downloading the free Waze app for iOs or Android a