Congestion for motorists has jumped by up to 40% in four years on Britain’s traffic-choked roads.
London is suffering the most with drivers last year wasting on average 101 hours a year an increase of 40% from 72 hours in 2012.
According to UK newspaper the Times, the worsening gridlock has been blamed on the growth of white van deliveries, caused by internet shopping, the squeezing of road-space by segregated cycle lanes, increasing numbers of mini-cabs and badly planned roadworks.
Business chiefs in northern England are urging the UK chancellor, Philip Hammond, to use next month’s autumn statement to fund more road schemes, while Lord Wolfson, the Tory peer and boss of Next, warned that millions were wasting “countless hours in needless traffic”.
Buses on some of the UK’s busiest roads are averaging only 3.8mph, only marginally faster than walking pace and slower than a horse and cart.