Britain and its congested cities

Britain and its congested cities

UK drivers spent 32 hours stuck in traffic last year, placing the country fourth on the list for rush-hour congestion in Europe, according to statistics from traffic information company INRIX.

Based on rush-hour commute-to-city travel, only Belgium, Holland and Italy experienced worse traffic in 2011. However, the UK over figure was four hours less when compared to 2010.

A total of 18 UK cities were analysed with London, Manchester and Liverpool all featuring among the most congested cities in Europe last year.

Drivers in London wasted 66 hours in traffic, while those in Manchester and Liverpool sat in congestion for 45 hours and 39 hours, respectively.

Jams were at their worst in London on Fridays between 4pm to 5pm, while Greater Manchester's worst time was Tuesday from 9am to 10am. The worst time to get about in Liverpool was between 4pm and 5pm on Wednesdays.

On average, Friday was found to be the worst traffic day across UK cities, while Tuesday was the worst weekday morning to travel.

The best weekday for traffic in the UK last year was Monday, with the worst commuting hour being 9am to 10am on Tuesdays and the best being 7am to 8am on Fridays.

Copyright Press Association 2012