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London named Europe’s most congested city for third year

London’s roads have retained the dubious distinction of being the most congested in Europe for a third consecutive year. According to a recent study by Inrix, a leading provider of traffic information, drivers in the UK capital found themselves idling in traffic for an average of 99 hours in 2023, a slight increase from 97 hours the previous year. This figure not only tops the charts in Europe but also positions London behind only New York and Mexico City on a global scale, excluding China and India from the comparison.

London named Europe's most congested city for third year

The persistence of congestion in London has exceeded pre-pandemic levels by 3%, highlighting a slow adjustment to new travel norms across the region. Bob Pishue, a transport analyst and the report’s author, noted that while traffic has resumed to levels seen before the coronavirus outbreak, London’s congestion remains the most severe in the UK. Despite dropping to the third most congested city globally, this status reflects broader trends of resuming activity in major urban centers worldwide.

Economic implications of these congestion levels are significant, with the average UK driver losing 61 hours to traffic in 2023, up from 57 hours in 2022. The cost of these delays amounted to £558 per driver, with major cities like Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, and Wigan also facing considerable congestion. The report suggests that while increased congestion signals robust economic activity, it also underscores the challenges cities face in managing traffic flow and maintaining productivity.

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