Sobering traffic chart shows why Hull’s roads are in chaos…

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Sobering traffic chart shows why Hull’s roads are in chaos…

Sobering traffic chart shows why Hull’s roads are in chaos this week
2021-04-14 13:42:00
There have not been many positives since the pandemic struck over a year ago but one thing we have enjoyed is quieter roads. During the first lockdown it was like a ghost town with hardly any traffic on our highways. As restrictions eased last summer the number of vehicles increased before further lockdowns ensured traffic numbers remained low. That window of opportunity provided the likes of Hull City Council and Highways England the chance to carry out much needed roadworks. To get the Hull Live headlines to your inbox, click here. But this week, 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 prior to the Covid outbreak. That has created a nightmare scenario where high traffic levels are clashing 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. TomTom data shows a surge in traffic on Hull's roads on Monday and Tuesday this week (Image: TomTom) 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. At around 5pm on Monday, the congestion level reached 105 per cent of normal levels. That figure have been backed up by the Newcastle Urban Observatory which shows Hull’s traffic levels have reached above 100 per cent of normal levels for the first time since the pandemic began. The graph by TomTom also shows Tuesday was equally chaotic with traffic numbers reaching 100 per cent of normal levels again. TomTom provides figures in real time and, as of noon on Wednesday, there were a staggering 18 traffic jams in the city which is only likely to go up as rush hour approaches. The total length of those jams combined comes to 11.9km. Despite Hull’s relatively small size, it is one of the worst cities in the world for traffic. The Newcastle Urban Observatory figures show a steady rise in traffic levels since the turn of the year when we were in a full lockdown. Graph showing Hull's traffic levels since lockdown began (Image: Newcastle Urban Observatory) On New Year’s Day, which is normally very quiet, levels were at just 30 per cent of the average. Levels rose to around 70 per cent which remained steady up until March when pupils returned to school where it crept up to around 80 per cent. Traffic remained at that level until this week when further easing of restrictions has seen levels return to normal or above. During the first lockdown, levels f
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