England’s slowest city to drive in is revealed and it’s NOT London! Bristol, Nottingham and Liverpool are worse, new research shows – so how did your area fare?
- Bristol came out top as the slowest city to drive in, according to the research, followed by Nottingham
England’s slowest city for drivers has been revealed – and some may be surprised to learn the answer is not London.
Bristol came out top of the list with a slow traffic score of 8.51/10 – with the research taking into account average speed, average delay, the number of A roads, motorways, B and C roads needing maintenance, the annual average daily traffic flow, and the annual average hours lost in congestion.
Nottingham ranks as the second slowest city for drivers, with an overall slow traffic score of 8.28/10 and Liverpool rounds off the top three as the third slowest city for drivers, scoring 7.88/10.
London only ranked as the fourth slowest city in the study, falling from first place since 2021, the research by Moneybarn revealed.
Further findings showed Middlesbrough is the fastest area to drive in, with a slow traffic score of just 0.8/10. The working class town has the third shortest average delay time in the study, as well as the second lowest amount of hours lost in congestion.
Moneybarn has compared how slow it is to drive in England’s towns and cities based on average speed, the number of roads requiring maintenance, average daily traffic flow and hours lost in congestion
In Bristol there is an average of 91 annual hours lost in traffic and 10 per cent of the southwestern city’s ‘B’ and ‘C’ roads require maintenance. There is also nine per cent of Bristol’s ‘A’ roads and motorways that need maintenance too, making it a difficult city for motorists.
Nottingham, which came in as the second slowest city for drivers, has 10 per cent of its ‘A’ roads and motorways needing maintenance, which is the highest of any cities in the study.
On top of this, the average speed of traffic in the city is just 14mph, with only motorists in Brighton scoring a lower average speed.
Liverpool has the worst ‘B’ and ‘C’ roads of any major city in the country, as the study said 15 per cent of them should be considered for maintenance.
Additionally, the average delay in Liverpool is over 83 seconds per vehicle per mile (spvpm) and there is a very high average daily traffic flow of over 1,250 vehicles.
Further data analysed by Moneybarn which compared driving in different countries concluded that Peru is the slowest country to drive in.
The research found it has an average congestion level of 42 per cent and 26 days of high traffic within Peruvian cities.
The United States is the fastest country to drive in, with an average of just six days per year of high traffic and a high top speed limit of 50 mph in urban areas, according to the research.
Slow moving traffic snakes its way through Bristol city centre at evening rush hour – pictured dated October 22, 2015
Data published by Moneybarn has analysed England’s biggest towns and cities based on their average speed, the number of roads requiring maintenance, average daily traffic flow and hours lost in congestion