Congestion cuts major local roads speeds to just 25mph

Congestion cuts road speeds to just 25mph as experts suggest increasing estimated journey times by 66% Average speed clocked up on major local roads has slipped below 25mph  Figures highlight the daily battle millions of drivers face on gridlocked roads So clogged up drivers need to add another two-thirds to expected journey time

By James Salmon Transport Editor For The Daily Mail

Published: 01:40 GMT, 1 March 2019 | Updated: 01:40 GMT, 1 March 2019

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The average speed clocked up by drivers on major local roads has slipped below 25mph as traffic hits record levels.

Figures published yesterday highlight the daily battle millions of drivers face on the country’s gridlocked roads.

According to the Department for Transport, delays on motorways and major A-roads rose by almost 4 per cent last year.

They are now so clogged up drivers need to add another two-thirds to their expected journey time, it said.

The average speed clocked up by drivers on major local roads has slipped below 25mph as traffic hits record levels

The average speed clocked up by drivers on major local roads has slipped below 25mph as traffic hits record levels

And the average speed clocked up by those who commute by car in towns and cities has dropped below 18mph.

The DfT report found the average speed on motorways and major national A-roads fell from 59.4mph to 59mph last year, while drivers on local A-roads reached an average of 24.9mph, down from 25.2mph. 

It said each mile takes 47.3 seconds longer than it would without traffic on local A-roads, rising to 80.5 seconds per mile in towns and cities.

The latest figures dismayed motoring campaigners.

Edmund King, of the AA, said: ‘This reflects traffic on major roads at record levels. Drivers are more interested in journey time reliability than speed but unfortunately neither have

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