31 hours per year lost in rush-hour queues

31 hours per year lost in rush-hour queues

Rush Hour Work Traffic

A study by traffic experts Inrix has revealed that the average UK commuter spent 31 hours per year stuck in rush-hour queues in 2017. This rises to 74 hours over the course of a year for the average London commuter, with Manchester being the second most congested UK city with annual delays there totalling 39 hours. The UK as a whole was found to be the 10th most congested country in the world, while London was the second most congested city, with only Los Angeles experiencing worse traffic problems.

The most congested road in the UK during rush-hour is the A406 outer London ringroad between Chiswick Roundabout and Hanger Lane.

The problem is also getting worse in many areas, with queueing times in some towns and cities up by 10% or more since the last comparable study 12 months previously.

The study also suggests that 31 hours of queueing per year is equivalent to £1,168 in fuel costs and wasted time.

Inrix chief economist Dr Graham Cookson said:

“The cost of congestion is astonishing.
“It takes billions out of the economy and impacts businesses and individuals.
“The average figure for London is £2,430. That’s many times more than what it costs me to insure my car and the cost of the fuel I put in it.”

In order to reduce the time you spend in rush-hour queues, then aside from the drastic step of moving house, there are two options available to you.

The first is to put in a request to your employer to be allowed to work different hours, so you can travel at less busy times. The company must have a genuine business reason for refusing any request to work flexibly.

Flexible working was one of the solutions proposed by Dr Cookson, who added:

“Increased flexible working or road charges have potential, however transport authorities should be looking to exciting developments in data analytics and artificial intelligence which promise to reinvent our approach to traffic management.”

The second way is of course to get a new job in a location where your journey will be shorter. If you’ve decided you want to move on, then call KennedyPearce today.

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