Hull’s shame as one of the most congested cities in…

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Hull’s shame as one of the most congested cities in…

Hull’s shame as one of the most congested cities in Europe where drivers waste hours stuck in traffic
2021-12-08 16:15:00
Two days and eight hours – that's the average time Hull drivers have wasted stuck in traffic this year. The depressing figure was revealed as Hull was ranked among some of the world's worst cities for congestion. According to the report by worldwide traffic service Inrix, our city is the world's 87th worst place for traffic jams – higher than Barcelona, Washington DC and Dallas, Texas. For more traffic and travel news, click here We also rank number 10 worst spot in the UK, coming higher than Leeds and Cardiff. Inrix's analysis looked at more than 1,000 cities globally, calculating that motorists in Hull spend on average 56 hours a year sitting in queues and waiting for traffic lights. One good piece of news, however, was that congestion in the city has fallen, with traffic levels down 25% since pre-Covid, saving 19 hours of time behind the wheel. Even Barcelona's traffic isn't as bad as Hull's, analysis shows Roads highlighted by Inrix as traffic blackspots included the A63, Castle Street, Spring Bank, Anlaby Road, Stoneferry Road and Holderness Road. Nationally, London has risen to take the spot as the world's worst city for congestion from 16th last year, according to researchers. Cycle lanes have been cited as one of the reasons for slow traffic. Inrix operations director Peter Lees said the installation of cycle lanes had a “negative impact on congestion”. He said: “Use of roads is all about supply and demand. “If the demand goes up but the road space is being shared with other forms of transport, there’s less tarmac effectively for the cars to be on, which then has an impact on the speeds on the road and therefore congestion.” However, cycling charities have criticised this, describing it as an “incredibly simplistic” way of proportioning blame for gridlock. Duncan Dollimore, head of campaigns at charity Cycling UK, said road use was “all about supply and demand”, and that analysis had overlooked “how efficiently that road space was used”. “On Blackfriars Bridge [in London], cycle lanes take up 20% of the road space but move 70% of the people across it at peak times, with cycle lanes across London moving more people more efficiently in less space,” said Mr Dollimore. Join the Hull Traffic & Travel group We've created a Facebook group for people who live in and travel through Hull and East Yorkshire to stay up to date with what's happening on the roads and the trains. We will keep you informed about the latest news that could affect your journey to work or school, as well as at the weekend. We'll also let you know in advance if there are any roadworks, railworks or closures yo

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