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Uncovering England’s Top Traffic Trouble Spots

Top Traffic Trouble Spots

Navigating through traffic has become an unavoidable reality for many drivers in England. The reliance on vehicles as a primary mode of transportation has contributed significantly to the congestion issues plaguing England roads. As cities expand, populations grow, and economic activities flourish, the number of vehicles on the roads continues to escalate. Consequently, commuters find themselves spending increasingly longer periods of time stalled in traffic, whether it’s during peak rush hours or unexpectedly due to road closures and maintenance works. The frustration of being stuck in traffic, often transforming short commutes into prolonged journeys, is a common experience shared by motorists across the country.

Recognising the widespread frustration stemming from these delays, Cromwell Trucks and Online Marketing Surgery have quantified and assessed the level of road congestion across England. The resulting “Road Delay Report” serves as a valuable resource for motorists and urban planners alike, offering insights into the areas where congestion has the greatest impact on travel times. Shedding light on where congestion is most pronounced and where motorists encounter smoother travels.

Top 5 Roads With The Longest Delays (all road types)

1.     A50204 (Westminster) – 471 seconds per mile

Located in Westminster, the A50204 earns the unenviable title of the UK’s most delayed road, where vehicles find themselves waiting an astounding 471 seconds per mile. This means that for every mile travelled along this route, drivers experience nearly 8 minutes of delays on average. Whether it’s due to heavy volumes of vehicles, inadequate infrastructure, or a combination of factors, commuters negotiating this route face significant disruptions to their journeys.

2.     A49 northbound between B4368 near Craven Arms (north) and A489 (Shropshire) – 340.8 seconds per mile

The A49 northbound segment between B4368 near Craven Arms and A489 in Shropshire secures the second spot on the list, with drivers enduring delays averaging 340.8 seconds per mile.

3.     A3217 (Kensington and Chelsea) – 336.6 seconds per mile

In Kensington and Chelsea, the A3217 emerges as another hotspot for prolonged delays, with commuters facing an average wait time of 336.6 seconds per mile.

4.     A103 (Haringey) – 335.8 seconds per mile

Haringey’s A103 secures its place among the UK’s most delayed roads, where drivers endure an average delay of 335.8 seconds per mile.

5.     A4200 (Camden) – 308 seconds per mile

Rounding out the top five roads with the longest delays is Camden’s A4200, where vehicles face an average delay of 308 seconds per mile. The congestion plaguing the A4200 reflects the broader challenges faced by inner-city road networks, where the demands of urban living intersect with the limitations of aging infrastructure.

Top 20 Roads With Most Delays In England (all road types)

Area Road Name Seconds per vehicle per mile
Westminster A5204 471
Shropshire A49 northbound between B4368 near Craven Arms (north) and A489 340.8
Kensington and Chelsea A3217 336.6
Haringey A103 335.8
Camden A4200 308
Westminster A4201 299.3
Greenwich A200 294.8
Westminster A302 294.7
Rochdale A627(M) northbound between M62 and A664 near Rochdale 286.8
Kensington and Chelsea A308 281.4
Islington A401 279.5
West Sussex A27 westbound between B2144 and A259 near Chichester (east) 275.2
North Tyneside A19 southbound between A1 and A1068 274.7
Southwark A2198 267.2
Camden A400 264.2
Shropshire A49 southbound between A489 and B4368 near Craven Arms (north) 261.6
Westminster A4 260
Brighton and Hove A2010 257.6
Hammersmith and Fulham A308 249.9
Wandsworth A3220 245.3

Top 20 Motorways/Major A Roads With The Most Delays In England

Area Road Name Seconds per vehicle per mile
Shropshire A49 northbound between B4368 near Craven Arms (north) and A489 340.8
Rochdale A627(M) northbound between M62 and A664 near Rochdale 286.8
West Sussex A27 westbound between B2144 and A259 near Chichester (east) 275.2
North Tyneside A19 southbound between A1 and A1068 274.7
Shropshire A49 southbound between A489 and B4368 near Craven Arms (north) 261.6
East Sussex A27 westbound within the A2270 junction 233.5
Herefordshire A49 northbound between A438 near Hereford (south) and A438 near Hereford (north) 224.3
East Sussex A27 eastbound within the A2270 junction 220.3
West Northamptonshire A5 northbound between A422/A508 and A43 210.5
Surrey A30 eastbound between M25 and A308 210.3
Shropshire A49 southbound between B4368 near Craven Arms (north) and B4368 near Craven Arms (south) 208
Herefordshire A49 northbound between B4224 and A4103 204.5
Wakefield A1 southbound within the junction for Darrington between A1(M) J40 and B6474 202
Tameside A57 eastbound between B6174 and A6018 187.4
Tameside A57 eastbound between M67/A560 and B6174 186.7
Tameside A57 eastbound between M67/A560 and B6174 186.4
East Sussex A2270 northbound within the A27 junction 179.8
East Sussex A2270 northbound within the A27 junction 179.3
Oldham A663 southbound within the M60 junction 176.8
Kent A282 northbound within the A206 junction 174.8

Top 20 Local ‘A’ Roads With The Most Delays In England

Area Road Name Seconds per vehicle per mile
Westminster A5204 471
Kensington and Chelsea A3217 336.6
Haringey A103 335.8
Camden A4200 308
Westminster A4201 299.3
Greenwich A200 294.8
Westminster A302 294.7
Kensington and Chelsea A308 281.4
Islington A401 279.5
Southwark A2198 267.2
Camden A400 264.2
Westminster A4 260
Brighton and Hove A2010 257.6
Hammersmith and Fulham A308 249.9
Wandsworth A3220 245.3
Westminster A3214 243.1
Greenwich A2203 242.2
Wandsworth A24 239.9
Hammersmith and Fulham A304 235.2
Kensington and Chelsea A3218 235.1

Methodology:

  • The recent data around road delays in the UK area of the UK was taken from GOV.UK, where it was split into the Strategic Road Network and local A roads. It looks at how many seconds a vehicle is held up per mile travelled on average from April 2023 to March 2024.
  • I’ve put all this data together to see roads with the longest and shortest delays.

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With 65 years of experience as a reputable second-hand lorry dealership, we are well-positioned to cater to the needs of customers seeking solutions to navigate through congested urban environments. The wide range of trucks available, spanning various manufacturers such as  DAFIvecoMitsubishi, and Hino, offers customers the flexibility to choose vehicles suited to their specific requirements.

For instance, businesses operating in industries reliant on transportation, such as construction, logistics, and waste management, may find the diverse selection of trucks at Cromwell Trucks particularly appealing. From scaffold trucksbox vans, and crane lorries to ex-council trucksskip loaders, and tipper trucks. We cater to a broad spectrum of needs, ensuring that businesses can find the right vehicles to optimise their operations despite the challenges posed by congested roadways.

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