According to the INRIX Traffic Scorecard Report for 2015, London was the most congested major city in Europe last year, with drivers wasting an average of 101 hours on busy roads during the reported period. It is of little wonder that occasionally, drivers become impatient and take actions likely to cause a road traffic accident.
Britain vs. Europe
Although traffic in most British cities rose by 61 per cent from previous years, the UK fell to sixth position in the list of the most congested countries in Europe. This is of little comfort for British drivers, who, on average, still waste an average of 30 hours per year on the country’s busiest roads and daily face the risk of car accidents caused by drivers in a hurry.
Britain’s most busy roads
Five of the top 10 congested roads in the UK are in London, with the busiest road of all being the 10.37-mile stretch of the notorious A217 between Rosehill Roundabout and New Kings Road, where drivers waste a staggering 110.32 hours in traffic. Other busy London roads include the:
- A215 from Albany Road in Camberwell to Shirley Road in Croydon (9.54 miles, 84.04
- A4 from Henleys Roundabout in Hounslow to Holborn Circus (14.64 miles, 80.96
- A4 from Aldwych to Henleys Roundabout in Hounslow (14.09 miles, 77.96 hours)
- A23 from Thornton Heath to Westminster Bridge (8.6 miles, 76.12 hours)
The other five roads on the INRIX Top 10 list, where serious congestion is also likely to sooner or later cause traffic accidents, are the:
- A8 from Princes Street, Edinburgh to Maybury Road (5.3 miles, 42.96 hours)
- A580 from Boothstown in Worsley to Swinton Park in Manchester (7.18 miles, 33.48
- M60 (Manchester) from J9 Trafford Park to J13 Worsley (4.86 miles, 23.2 hours)
- A1/A1M (Newcastle) from Washington-Birtley Services to Lobley Hill in Gateshead (5.68
miles, 22.92 hours)
- A5103 (Manchester) from Northenden, M60 J5 to Mancunian Way (4.55 miles, 21.16 hours)
The worst times to travel on these roads are when commuters drive to and from work. Occasionally, drivers get impatient and take the risk of causing vehicle collisions. If you were injured in an accident on the road because someone else got impatient, you could be entitled to driver injury compensation.
Have a confidential, no-obligation chat with one of our Accident Advice Helpline agents on freephone 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 (home phone or mobile) now to learn more about claiming driver or passenger injury compensation.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice