UK's 10 worst roads for traffic revealed: Three of them in southwest London

Three of the most congested road go through southwest London

Three of the most congested road go through southwest London

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It may not surprise you to learn that Britain's 10 most congested roads are all in the capital - but can you guess which three go through south-west London?

The UK is ranked the sixth worst in Europe for traffic congestion with the average driver wasting around 30 hours a year in gridlock, according to a major annual report.

The annual INRIX traffic scorecard shows congestion is on the increase across Europe for the first time in two years, with major metropolitan areas across Europe showing a rise in traffic.

Traffic congestion was up in nine of the 18 UK cities analysed in the report.

The biggest increase was in London, up by 13 per cent, resulting in the average driver suffering through 82 hours in traffic - 10 more hours than 2012.

Londoners now face the second worst congestion in Europe, wasting approximately 82 hours in 2013, up 10 hours from 2012.

For the first time, the scorecard identifies the worst roads for traffic in the UK, all of which were in London corridoors, with a 14-mile stretch of the A4 near London named UK’s worst road - costing drivers approximately 91 hours last year.

TOP TEN UK ROADS FOR TRAFFIC (data provided by Inrix):

1. A4 (London; between central London and the M4) 

Distance = 14.2 miles. Delays per year = 91 hours

2. A4 (London; between the M4 and central London)

Distance = 14.7 miles. Delays per year = 73 hours

3. A215 (London; between Camberwell and the Croydon turn off)

Distance = 9.6 miles. Delays per year = 67 hours

4. A217 (London; between St Helier and Chelsea)

Distance = 10.4 miles. Delays per year = 67 hours

5. A1 (London; between Finchley and Barbican)

Distance = 8.3 miles. Delays per year = 66 hours.

6. A23 (London; between Croydon and Westminster Bridge Road)

Distance = 8.6 miles. Delays per year = 63 hours.

7. A205 (London; between Catford and Woolwich Ferry)

Distance = 6.9 miles. Delays per year = 60 hours.

8. A41 (London; between central London and the M1)

Distance = 7.5 miles. Delays per year = 52 hours.

9. A12 (London; between Stratford and the M25)

Distance = 13.6 miles. Delays per year = 50 hours.

10. A406 (London; between Chiswick Roundabout and Neasden Junction)

Distance = 5.9 miles. Delays per year = 48 hours.

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12:29pm Wed 5 Mar 14

buggsie says...

What do we expect when there are no road improvements.
Nothing but house building - inviting millions of new people to London - to set up home and start new businesses without improving the infrastructure.
Just driven home from Putney, Upper Richmond Road to Battersea - nothing but roads being dug up and LORRIES PARKED on DOUBLE YELLOW LINES in Lombard Road, Upper Richmond Road and West Hill, by where there used to be a police station (causing congestion to already busy roads).
What do we expect when there are no road improvements. Nothing but house building - inviting millions of new people to London - to set up home and start new businesses without improving the infrastructure. Just driven home from Putney, Upper Richmond Road to Battersea - nothing but roads being dug up and LORRIES PARKED on DOUBLE YELLOW LINES in Lombard Road, Upper Richmond Road and West Hill, by where there used to be a police station (causing congestion to already busy roads). buggsie
  • Score: 1

1:25pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Michael Pantlin says...

Road congestion is caused by you and me, the girl next door and the bloke down the road. Too many people trying to travel at once on limited space. Solution reduce the population and thereby the number of people wanting to travel. That means cutting immigration and a culture change to recognise the anti-social aspects of the consequences of over-breeding.
Road congestion is caused by you and me, the girl next door and the bloke down the road. Too many people trying to travel at once on limited space. Solution reduce the population and thereby the number of people wanting to travel. That means cutting immigration and a culture change to recognise the anti-social aspects of the consequences of over-breeding. Michael Pantlin
  • Score: 1

1:42pm Wed 5 Mar 14

ArfurTowcrate says...

According to Department for Transport data, traffic in the Fiveways area has gone down by about 8% in the twelve years between 2000 and 2012 -
http://www.dft.gov.u
k/traffic-counts/cp.
php?la=Croydon#26271


When you factor in the extra traffic that Westfield will bring, things are going to get a whole lot worse along the A23.
According to Department for Transport data, traffic in the Fiveways area has gone down by about 8% in the twelve years between 2000 and 2012 - http://www.dft.gov.u k/traffic-counts/cp. php?la=Croydon#26271 When you factor in the extra traffic that Westfield will bring, things are going to get a whole lot worse along the A23. ArfurTowcrate
  • Score: 6

2:10pm Wed 5 Mar 14

alphabeti says...

Congestion is caused by cars not people. It would be lovely to have reliable and cheap public transport as an alternative to getting in the car.
Congestion is caused by cars not people. It would be lovely to have reliable and cheap public transport as an alternative to getting in the car. alphabeti
  • Score: 11

9:24pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Mind the gap says...

Any able bodied person who drives in London needs their head examined. Pollution levels are at an all time high, motorists are too lazy / stupid / ignorant to use alternatives. about 75% of cars on London roads are single occupancy. Why are we always pandering to the motorist and subsidising roads with our income tax and council tax payments. Increase the area of the congestion charge zone and charge £150 a day or make them payvwhat they really owe to cover the cost of the road and motorway networks.
Any able bodied person who drives in London needs their head examined. Pollution levels are at an all time high, motorists are too lazy / stupid / ignorant to use alternatives. about 75% of cars on London roads are single occupancy. Why are we always pandering to the motorist and subsidising roads with our income tax and council tax payments. Increase the area of the congestion charge zone and charge £150 a day or make them payvwhat they really owe to cover the cost of the road and motorway networks. Mind the gap
  • Score: 7

9:51am Thu 6 Mar 14

DB says...

alphabeti wrote:
Congestion is caused by cars not people. It would be lovely to have reliable and cheap public transport as an alternative to getting in the car.
I agree. One of the things that I love about living in this area is that my day-to-day activities do not require a car. I use a train to get directly to work and everything else is within easy walking/cycling distance.

However, I still keep my car for when I am going further afield. Public transport works well within this area, but as soon as you try to go some distance, the car is much quicker and easier. That has got to change.
[quote][p][bold]alphabeti[/bold] wrote: Congestion is caused by cars not people. It would be lovely to have reliable and cheap public transport as an alternative to getting in the car.[/p][/quote]I agree. One of the things that I love about living in this area is that my day-to-day activities do not require a car. I use a train to get directly to work and everything else is within easy walking/cycling distance. However, I still keep my car for when I am going further afield. Public transport works well within this area, but as soon as you try to go some distance, the car is much quicker and easier. That has got to change. DB
  • Score: 9

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