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Congestion costs UK business estimated £767m a year

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Traffic congestion is costing UK businesses approximately £767 million a year in lost productivity, according to research conducted by TomTom.

The TomTom Traffic Index has found traffic across the UK’s 25 most congested cities and towns increases the time each vehicle spends on the road by an average of 127 hours a year – more than 16 working days. This could equate to a cost of £767m in time spent sitting in traffic for the 902,500 light commercial vehicles operated in these cities and towns, says TomTom.

And, the situation seems to be getting worse. An average journey in 2015 took 29% longer than it would in free-flowing conditions, up from a 25% delay in 2010. 

“Traffic congestion may be seen as a fact of life for every driver but, cumulatively, it is taking a heavy toll on the UK economy and this should not be accepted as an inevitability,” said Beverley Wise, director UK and Ireland for TomTom Telematics.

“Making the most of billable time is key to profitability for any business, so organisations that rely heavily on a mobile workforce must look for ways to maximise the time employees spend actually doing jobs by minimising time spent on the road.

“Through smarter planning, routing and scheduling, companies can help their drivers to better avoid traffic, which could not only have an impact on productivity but also customer service. Previous research conducted by TomTom Telematics among UK van drivers found 90% admit to arriving late for customer appointments – with 93% citing traffic as the reason.”

The biggest financial hit was felt in London, where £237m is lost to traffic each year, followed by Manchester (£157m) and Birmingham (£81m).

Wise added: “Telematics solutions can help businesses mitigate the effect of traffic congestion and minimise time spent on the road. Firstly, drivers can be navigated along the fastest routes based on anticipated congestion spots and traffic information. But the data provided by telematics, including GPS location, ETAs and job status, can also be used to inform smarter planning where daily schedules are optimised to help ensure the most appropriate driver is sent to each job at the most appropriate time.”

Cost to business in UK’s 25 most congested cities and towns (to end of 2015)

Rank

City/town

Average congestion 2015 (2014)

Working days lost per vehicle per year

No. of goods vehicles registered in area

Cost to business

1

Belfast

40%   (39%)

24

9,700

£12,673,050

2

London

38%   (37%)

19

237,600

£237,196,080

3

Manchester

37%   (32%)

21

139,300

£157,729,390

4

Edinburgh

37%   (36%)

20

12,600

£13,338,360

5

Brighton

34%   (34%)

16

10,800

£9,334,440

6

Hull

33%   (31%)

19

13,400

£13,646,560

7

Bournemouth

32%   (31%)

17

8,800

£7,959,600

8

Newcastle

31%   (27%)

16

8,700

£7,519,410

9

Bristol

31%   (29%)

17

47,300

£43,733,580

10

Sheffield

30%   (26%)

16

23,600

£20,397,480

11

Leicester

29%   (26%)

17

17,900

£16,430,410

12

Liverpool

29%   (28%)

14

12,500

£9,212,500

13

Swansea

28%   (27%)

14

18,600

£14,206,680

14

Birmingham

27%   (24%)

15

101,200

£81,364,800

15

Leeds-Bradford

27%   (26%)

16

66,100

£55,358,750

16

Nottingham

27%   (29%)

15

10,300

£8,212,190

17

Glasgow

26%   (24%)

15

30,800

£25,175,920

18

Cardiff

26%   (25%)

14

12,100

£9,323,050

19

Coventry

25%   (23%)

15

60,000

£49,044,000

20

Southampton

24%   (24%)

15

12,200

£9,563,580

21

Reading

24%   (24%)

15

6,100

£4,904,400

22

Portsmouth

23%   (24%)

12

16,200

£10,528,380

23

Middlesbrough

21%   (22%)

11

4,300

£2,564,090

24

Stoke-on-Trent

20%   (20%)

13

15,400

£10,730,720

25

Preston

19%   (20%)

10

7,000

£3,845,800

UK AVERAGE

29%

16

902,500

£767,937,250

 

 

 



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  • Iain - 30/11/2016 18:34

    No surprises here, just the usual anti business approach - no parking for commuters, crazy 20 mph speed limits everywhere, bus lanes , traffic lights every few hundred yards... need I go on! When will the government and local councils wake up and get a grip on reality. Belfast where I live is just a no go, I cannot even park near the centre of town to carry out my work. Public transport is not the solution, in many cases it is a major contributor to the problem.

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