A4 Tops Most Congested Road

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British motorists are wasting even more in their time stuck in traffic jams with London one of several worst-hit cities in Europe despite the congestion charge, new information has found.

Traffic information company Inrix, which conducted the analysis and pinpointed the UK roads causing the most delays, says the rising congestion mirrors the economic recovery.

The research found the average UK driver spent 30 hours held up in traffic jams a year ago, compared to 29 in 2012.

UK sixth worst European country for congestion

Motorists within the capital wasted 82 hours in 2013 compared to 72 the year before meanwhile.

Only drivers in Brussels fared worse than their London counterparts.

Even though UK overall was only found to be the sixth worst European country for traffic congestion after Belgium, holland, Germany, Luxembourg and France.

Bryan Mistele, president and chief executive of Inrix, said the busier roads reflect increasing economic activity.

He said: So goes traffic, so goes the economy. While not so good news for drivers, the increases in traffic congestion in Europe are signs of a slowly recovering economy.

Worst stretch between central Heathrow and London

In britain, the A4 between central London and junction 3 of the M4 near Heathrow was found to become the worst stretch of road for the number of annual hours of delay caused in the peak period.

Through the afternoon peak it was found to cause the typical driver 91 hours of delay this past year.

All of the UK’s 10 most congested roads were inside london and all at their busiest in the afternoons, the study found.

After the capital the most congested areas in the UK were found to be Greater Manchester, Merseyside, South Nottinghamshire and Greater Birmingham.