London’s roads are the most congested in the WORLD


London’s roads suffer more congestion than anywhere else in the world, with its drivers stationary for an average of 156 hours in 2022.

The A219 southbound from Fulham Road was named in a new report as the worst road in London. 

The statistics put London’s car problems ahead of 1,000 other cities worldwide for the second year in a row – and come despite motorists being charged a £15/day congestion charge in central London and £12.50 for driving in the Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) in older vehicles. 

The ULEZ will expand in August this year to cover all London boroughs.

London has been named the worst city for congestion in the world, according to the INRIX 2022 Global Traffic Scorecard. London’s most congested roads are pictured

The A219 southbound between Fulham Road and Morden Hall Road (pictured) was the worst road in London for traffic jams

The A219 southbound between Fulham Road and Morden Hall Road (pictured) was the worst road in London for traffic jams 

The worst roads in London for traffic jams 

London has been named the worst city for congestion in the world, according to the INRIX 2022 Global Traffic Scorecard.

These are the roads with the biggest traffic jams: 

  • A219 Southbound between Fulham Road and Morden Hall Road
  • A202 Eastbound between Neathouse Place and Peckham Hill Street
  • A406 Eastbound between Falloden Way and Bowes Road
  • A24 Southbound from The Avenue to Merton High Street
  • A205 Eastbound from Norwood Road to Ravensbourne Road 

London was just ahead of Chicago where motorists spend 155 hours in traffic, followed by Paris, at 138, Boston at 134 and New York at 117.

The average driver in the UK lost 80 hours due to traffic congestion – a seven-hour increase on 2021, although down 35 hours from 2019, according to data firm Inrix.

Officials blamed motorists for using their cars for journeys which would be better walked or cycled.

Will Norman, the London Mayor’s cycling commissioner said: ‘Two-thirds of all car journeys in the city could be walked or cycled in less than 20min. We urgently need to shift local trips from cars to more efficient modes’ of transport.’

After London, drivers in Bristol (91 hours), and Manchester (84 hours) lost the most time to traffic congestion in the UK.

A driver commuting into London paid an extra £212 in 2022 in fuel costs alone, while the average driver in Birmingham paid around £182 extra.

The average UK driver lost 80 hours due to traffic congestion last year – up seven hours from last year but down 35 hours from 2019.

In total, sitting in congestion is said to cost £707 for the average driving, costing the country £9.5 billion.

Cost for drivers is calculated by determining the median commute distance for each urban area, considering area-specified fuel prices and the car fuel efficiency for each country. 

It was assumed drivers commuted 240 days of the year.

The A202 Eastbound between Neathouse Place and Peckham Hill Street was the second worst street in London for traffic

The third most congested street was the A406 Eastbound between Falloden Way and Bowes Road

London’s streets suffer more congestion than anywhere else in the world, with its drivers stationary for an average 156 hours 2022. The A202 Eastbound between Neathouse Place and Peckham Hill Street (left) was the second worst street in London for traffic, followed by the A406 Eastbound between Falloden Way and Bowes Road (right)

London's roads suffer more congestion than anywhere else in the world, with its drivers stationary for an average of 156 hours in 2022

London’s roads suffer more congestion than anywhere else in the world, with its drivers stationary for an average of 156 hours in 2022

The 10 highest traffic delay times across the UK 
2022 Impact Rank Urban Area 2022 Delay per Driver (hours)  2022 cost per driver 
1 London  156  £1,377
2 Bristol  91 £805 
3 Manchester  84 £742 
Birmingham   73 £646
Belfast   72 £636 
Nottingham   71  £625 
Edinburgh   67 £593 
Hull  68 £604
9 Leeds 60 £530
10  Leicester   62  £551 

The cities of Cambridge, Exeter, and Cheltenham – present on the UK Top 10 list in 2021 – fell out of the top 10, replaced by Edinburgh (7th), Leeds (9th) and Leicester (10th).

The top five most congested UK stretches of roads were all found in the capital – with the worst being the A219 southbound from Fulham Road to A297 Morden Hall Road – where drivers lost 47 hours in traffic in 2022.

This major route out of the city often experiences high volumes of traffic at peak commuting times.

In addition, the continued closure of the Hammersmith Bridge has also contributed to increased delay in the area.

Outside of London, the busiest route was in Birmingham – A45 eastbound from Bordesley Circus to Henry Road – costing drivers 37 hours.

Much of this congestion occurred due to road works to make improvements to the route that have run throughout the latter part of 2022 and traffic incidents that have occurred on the route.

London’s traffic increased by five per cent – but this was dwarfed by other cities which saw much bigger rises, including Chicago (49 per cent), Boston (72 per cent) and New York City (15 per cent).

Bob Pishue, transportation analyst and author of the report: ‘It is great to see civic and commercial life returning to normal, but unfortunately, we’re seeing congestion inching closer to, if not exceeding, pre- pandemic levels.

The A24 Southbound from The Avenue to Merton High Street was the fourth worst road in the capital for traffic

The A205 Eastbound from Norwood Road to Ravensbourne Road (right) was the fifth most traffic heavy road in London

The A24 Southbound from The Avenue to Merton High Street (left) and the A205 Eastbound from Norwood Road to Ravensbourne Road (right) were amongst the worst roads for traffic in the capital 

Outside of London, the busiest route was in Birmingham – A45 eastbound from Bordesley Circus to Henry Road – costing drivers 37 hours

Outside of London, the busiest route was in Birmingham – A45 eastbound from Bordesley Circus to Henry Road – costing drivers 37 hours

The ten worst corridors outside of London in the UK for traffic congestion 
Rank  Urban area Road name  Part of road  Peak hour  2022 peak minutes  lost 2022 hours lost 
Birmingham A45 Eastbound  Bordesley Circus to Henry Road  4pm  37 
Leeds  A6177 Southbound  Bolton Road to Greater Horton Road  4pm  34 
Birmingham  A435 Southbound  Haden Circus to Wynfield Gardens  4pm  33 
Edinburgh  A902 Westbound  Great Junction Street to Hillhouse Road  4pm  30 
Leeds  A65 Southbound  Park Road to White Horse Roundabout   4pm  30 
Sheffield  A61 Northbound  Moore Street Roundabout to Bradfield Road  4pm  29 
Birmingham  A45 Westbound  Hobs Moat Road to Bordesley Circus  4pm  28 
Birmingham  A34 Southbound  Camp Hill Circus to Hamlet Road  5pm  28 
Bristol  A4174 Northbound  Hicks Gate Roundabout to Bromley Heath Roundabout  5pm  28 
10  Edinburgh   A702 Southbound  Brougham Street to City of Edinburgh bypass  4pm  27 

‘We must manage congestion while improving mobility and accessibility in cities to avoid it hurting economic recovery and impacting the quality of life of commuters and residents.’

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The new Ultra-low emission zone: What is it and how will it affect you? 

When and why was the Ulez created?

It was launched in April 2019 to clean up London’s air.

How bad is air quality in the capital?

An estimated 4,000 Londoners die prematurely each year from conditions related to air pollution.

How does Ulez help?

It disincentivises drivers from using the most polluting vehicles by charging them a daily fee for entering the zone.

How much is the fee?

The charge for vehicles which do not comply with minimum emissions standards is £12.50 for cars, smaller vans, motorbikes and other lighter vehicles.

The fee for non-compliant larger vehicles such as lorries, buses and coaches is £100 under the low emission zone scheme.

How do I avoid the fee when driving in the zone?

Ensure your vehicle meets the minimum emissions standard.

For petrol cars that means those generally first registered after 2006.

Most diesel cars registered after September 2015 are exempt from the charge.

When does the Ulez operate?

All day, every day, except Christmas Day.

How soon after a journey do I need to pay?

You have until midnight on the third day following the journey.

What happens if I am liable to the charge but do not pay?

Failing to pay can result in a penalty charge notice of £160, reduced to £80 for early payment.

What area is currently covered by the Ulez?

The zone initially covered the same area of central London as the congestion charge.

Since October 25 last year it has included everywhere within the North and South Circular roads.

How significant is the August 2023 expansion?

The zone will be 18 times larger, covering all London boroughs.

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