Published On: Mon, Jun 9th, 2014 on 11:04 am

Yorkshire cities defy ‘worsening’ traffic congestion levels

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Leeds and Bradford have both showed positive developments reporting falls in congestion, unlike cities across the UK.

According to the fourth annual Traffic Index from TomTom, levels of traffic in the UK are generally ‘worsening’, with research showing that in 2013, the average journey time was 27% longer than it would be in free-flowing traffic.

It had risen from 2012’s figure of 26%.

Leeds and Bradford however, had a traffic congestion decrease of 3% respectfully, contrasting with cities such as Belfast and London that reported increases.

In mornings, Tuesdays were found to be the most congested days of the week, whilst Thursdays were the most congested in the evening.

It is estimated that time lost as a result of traffic congestion costs the economy £2b a year.

Harold Goddijn, CEO of TomTom, argued that: “Traffic congestion is nothing new, and continues to be a global challenge.

“The traditional responses to congestion – such as building new roads or widening existing ones – are no longer proving to be effective.”

In 2011, the Commons Transport Committee noted that the government needs to do more to resolve the problem.

Some ideas put forward included a tougher driving test, better use of real-time information systems and greater coordination between road management authorities.

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