TUBE STRIKE: Real time data from Waze shows “46% of rush hour commuters crawling in traffic or worse”
With the Central and Waterloo & City lines closed by strike action for 24 hours from 2100 last night, many commuters will be seeking alternative routes during peak rush hour times today. This has in turn seen an increase in congestion on London's roads.
Finlay Clark, UK head of Waze, says:
"At Waze, we have a wide traffic data pool thanks to over half a million London Wazers and can therefore offer real-time road updates and insights like never before. These help drivers outsmart traffic and save time and fuel.
"This morning we have seen 22% of traffic bumper to bumper at peak (8.03am) – effectively standstill. For comparison, at this time on a normal day it’s usually around 12%. There was also 24% heavy to moderate traffic, so nearly 46% of total traffic at crawling or worse. Trips took on average 18 mins longer than usual to get from Newbury Park to Gants Hill when approaching city from the East.
We are expecting to see a similar increase in traffic on routes running from West and East London into central London as commuters take to the car some routes expected to be at walking pace. We are urging drivers to use Waze so they can be diverted around traffic in real-time.”
A further update can be given upon request. In particular – a preview of what is to come with tonight’s evening rush hour commute home.
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