INTERVIEW/COMMENT: LONDON TO BAN INTERNET SHOPPING VAN DELIVERIES IN BID TO TACKLE CONGESTION
Euston Road - traffic
In light of the proposal to ban vans delivering internet shopping from the Capital in a bid to slash congestion, Finlay Clark UK Head of crowd-sourced navigation app Waze reveals how traffic in the Capital has been getting worse year on year. He says;
“Internet shopping is undoubtedly on the rise as millions of us are choosing to browse and buy from the convenience of our homes. However this has had an effect on our roads, as traffic has increased due to a huge rise in delivery vehicles, with light vans now accounting for a fifth of traffic in the Capital. With internet shopping only set to increase, finding a solution to ease congestion levels is crucial.
“Our data revealed last year that average speeds in London have 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. With motorists currently paying £40 billion a year in overall motoring taxation, drivers are likely to be frustrated that they are facing increasing congestion. However there are certain steps that can be taken in the meantime to avoid the worst of congestion.
“ Motorists should avoid traffic hotspots when they can and consider alternative routes to their destinations. Waze can re-route you around traffic by tracking other road users' trips. The app will get you to your destination safely and effectively in the fastest time possible, by guiding you on the best time to embark upon your journey and which roads to avoid."
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