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Morning rush hour traffic approaching Minworth Island (A38)
1 March, 2013
A new study has found what Brummies have long suspected – outside London the city’s roads are among the most congested in the country.
Ever wanted to bang your head against the steering wheel through sheer frustration during the morning commute?
Then chances are you’re driving through Birmingham traffic.
A new study has found what Brummies have long suspected – outside London the city’s roads are among the most congested in the country,
The research by GPS company RAM Tracking named six routes in Birmingham as some of the UK’s slowest during the morning rush hour.
Figures reveal those braving the A38 Tyburn Road can expect to reach the heady heights of just 13mph, while Hagley Road commuters have to endure a 17.5mph crawl.
Based on 440,000 journeys, the study found average travelling times were 50 per cent longer between 8am to 9am due to the sheer volume of traffic.
Chris McClellan, managing director of the tracking firm, said companies could save chunks of cash by planning journeys better and avoiding traffic hotspots.
He said: “Such tactics can lead to huge cost savings by avoiding wasted fuel and vehicle wear and tear in idling conditions, as well as achieving minimum journey times.
“Another benefit is that drivers are less likely to drive unsafely in an effort to make up lost time.”
Other roads named in the rush-hour study were the A38 at Minworth where average speed was 31.3mph, Kingsbury Road A38 reached 25.3mph, Aston Expressway hit 33.8mph and Alcester Road South, Kings Heath, managed 20.5mph.
An estimated £20billion is lost in the UK every year through wasted time and resources from being stuck in traffic. And the RAC Foundation has forecast a 25 per cent increase in traffic on the roads by 2025.
Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, described the new congestion figures as “depressing”.
He said: “These depressing figures will only confirm what drivers in the West Midlands already know.
“Things would probably have been even worse but for the recession and associated fall in traffic.
“Factor in economic recovery and a rise in the UK population of 10 million over the next 20 years and the future looks bleak.
“More flexible working hours and working from home will also play a part in reducing demand for road space.
“But ultimately some form of pay-as-you-go system to replace the current system of motoring taxation might be needed to encourage people to travel off-peak.”
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