According to a research conducted by Citroen, in United Kingdom, city drivers are spending almost half their journeys – 43% of the time – sat in stationary traffic. That’s 13.7% up compared to five years ago.
The study revealed that over a one hour journey at peak times, the average inner city commuter could be spending around 25 minutes 39 seconds – or 43% of their trip – at a complete standstill.
The company analysed a series of journeys during the traditional morning and evening rush hours – 8-9am and 5-6pm – in five major UK cities; London, Manchester, Norwich, Birmingham and Cardiff during February.
The same routes were first monitored in 2006 and the study was repeated in 2008.
Marc Raven, Citroën’s Communications Director, commented; “Despite a general downward trend in traffic during the economic slowdown, many urban commuters are experiencing similar, if not worse stop-start journeys to work as they were five years ago.”
Londonand Manchester saw the biggest increases. Drivers in the Capital were static for 19 minutes 20 seconds on average in 2006, but this had risen to an amazing 36 minutes 28 seconds at the start of 2011. Manchester leapt from 21 minutes to 28 minutes 39 seconds.
In contrast, Cardiff saw an average 10 minute reduction in the time spent stationary.
Not only are many urban roads feeling more congested, motorists are also paying significantly more on fuel costs. Since 2006, the average price of a litre of diesel has risen by 46%, from 93.5p per litre to 136.38p.