Three roads in Greater Manchester have been named among the most congested in the country as a survey finds that drivers in the U.K. lost an average of 178 hours a year due to congestion.

The analysis by road traffic management Company INRIX found that congestion cost U.K. drivers £7.9 billion in 2018, an average of £1,317 per driver. 

London drivers lost up to £1,680 per year due to congestion, followed by Edinburgh (£1,219), Manchester (£1,157) and Leicester (£1,145). Liverpool had the lowest cost of congestion among the U.K. cities studied at £878 per driver.

The three stretches of road in Greatee Manchester identified as among the worst in the country were the Bury New Road from Higher Broughton to the M60, Bramhall Lane South from Bridge Street towards Stockport and Chapel Street in Salford.

The A406 from Chiswick Roundabout to Hanger Lane tops the INRIX list of worst corridors in U.K., with the average driver wasting 61 hours per year in congestion. 

“Congestion costs Brits billions of pounds each year. Unaddressed, it will continue to have serious consequences for national and local economies, businesses and citizens in the years to come,” said Trevor Reed, transportation analyst at INRIX.

“In order to avoid traffic congestion becoming a further drain on our economy, it is increasingly obvious that authorities need to adapt. With the help of new and innovative intelligent transportation solutions, we can begin to tackle the mobility issues we face today.”


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