Hull roads are more congested than Rome and New York

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Hull roads are more congested than Rome and New York

Hull roads are more congested than Rome and New York
2021-04-14 16:28:00
Hull is one of the world’s worst cities when it comes to traffic gridlock. That’s according to figures by satnav company Tomtom which collates statistics from 416 cities in 57 countries in 2020. Hull comes out 72nd in the unenviable table despite its small size for a city. The likes of Rome, Kuala Lumpur, Los Angeles, Beijing and New York are all below Hull with less congested roads. The only UK cities with worse congestion are Edinburgh which is ranked 43 and London in 49th place. Despite lockdown, when Hull’s roads were all but empty for long periods, it still only recorded 78 days of low congestion throughout 2020. To get the Hull Live headlines to your inbox, click here. The situation in Hull has been made worse with the likes of Hull City Council and Highways England carrying out much needed works – taking advantage of the quieter roads. But, for the first time since the pandemic began, traffic levels have gone beyond the normal average. In percentage terms, Monday saw traffic levels in hull reach 105 per cent which means there were more vehicles on our roads than during any given period in times prior to Covid. That created a nightmare scenario where high traffic levels clashed with all the roadworks currently in place, most notably the ongoing works at the Castle Street junction with the A63. The situation has been further exacerbated by the introduction of cycle lanes on major routes through the city which are in place on a trial basis. Data from TomTom shows a spike in traffic levels in Hull this week The once-familiar scenes of traffic chaos returned with a vengeance this week with reports of gridlocked traffic on key Hull roads including Main Road, Hedon Road, Freetown Way, Beverley Road and Spring Bank. The queues come after pubs, restaurants and other venues opened outdoor areas to patrons and non-essential shops returned after coronavirus restrictions eased on Monday. Stats produced by satnav company Tomtom have thrown up some interesting figures
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