It is a well-known fact that traffic is getting worse, and it has been revealed that the ten worst roads for congestion in Britain are all in London. Despite London’s efforts to combat traffic by enforcement of the congestion charge, traffic jams have been on the rise.
UK drivers wasted a total of 30 hours in traffic congestion in 2013 with the London commute zone having the biggest increase in hours wasted, rising from 72 hours in 2012 to 82 hours in 2013. Of the 25 most congested cities in Europe for urban traffic, London was second only to Brussels.
The most congested road was the A4 in the afternoon peak between central London and the junction 3 of the M4 near Heathrow in west London, with 91 annual delay hours. The second worst road was the M4 going in the opposite direction in the afternoon between the M4 junction 3 and central London, with 73 hours of annual delays.
After London, the most congested areas were Greater Manchester, Merseyside, South Nottinghamshire and Greater Birmingham.