UK IS THIRD MOST CONGESTED COUNTRY IN EUROPE - WAZE REAL-TIME DATA &COMMENT
London is the second most congested city in Europe, after Moscow
A new Inrix report shows drivers spend 32 hours a year stuck in traffic, making the UK the third most congested country in Europe. London is the second most congested city in Europe, only behind Moscow. Manchester, Aberdeen, Birmingham and Edinburgh all ranked highly.
This is supported by research from Waze, the real-time, crowd-sourced navigation app which reveals that average speeds in London during 2016 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 was 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.
Finlay Clark UK head of Waze says:
“With immense technological advancements available to help commuters get around busy cities - where there are far too many cars and not enough roads - it is disappointing to see how high congestion levels in the UK really are, as compared to the rest of the continent.
“Gridlock costs the UK economy an estimated £30 billion a year. Yet there is a solution: real-time crowd-sourced data sharing can be utilised to improve traffic in urban areas. Anyone using the Waze app is helping other local road users by sharing anonymous GPS traces so the app can determine the worst roads and alleviate traffic across the road network in real time.
"The app has been proven to shave minutes off of journeys and the more users who help contribute to our community, improves the app for everyone else on the road. In the UK, Transport for London have access to and use the crowd-sourced data to help manage traffic for the millions of car drivers in the UK Capital.”
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 at https://www.waze..com/en.
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