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Traffic jams cost UK £8 billion per year, London worst

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UK drivers lost £7.9bn because of traffic jams in 2018, with motorists in London losing 227 hours to congestion over the course of the yearrnTraffic jams cost UK motorists £7.9 billion last year – an average of £1,317 per driver.

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Motorists in London lost 227 hours due to congestion, making it the most congested city in the country, followed by Birmingham residents who wasted 134 hours in traffic, and Glaswegians who lost 99.

In terms of amount of money lost per driver, London was still the number one ranking, with £1,680 lost per driver on average. Edinburgh was second with £1,219 and Manchester third on £1,157.

The analysis comes from the traffic experts at Inrix, who calculated time lost in congestion by employing peak, off-peak and free flow data from different times of day.

London and Edinburgh also earned the joint first place title of slowest city in the UK, both with last-mile speeds (calculated from the last mile of intercity journeys) of 7mph.

The A406 from Chiswick Roundabout to Hanger Lane was the most congested corridor in the UK last year, with the average drivers using it wasting 61 hours in traffic. The A23 from Kennington to Thornton Road was second with an annual delay of 56 hours, followed by Kingsway/Strand/Fleet/Cannon Street from Russell Square to Monument on 49 hours.

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