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Average commuting speeds falling

Date: 05 September 2017   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Average commuting speeds have plummeted in the last year, new research has suggested.

According to telematics company In-Car Cleverness, London is the worst city in the UK for commuting by car, with average driving speeds five miles from the city centre hitting 8mph.

The firm added that since last year, speeds within a mile of the centre have dropped by 1.2mph to reach a new low of 5.1mph.

In-Car Cleverness analysed 400,000 journeys over a three-month period in 2016 and 2017, measuring average driving speeds within five miles of a major city centre. 

While Londoners have the slowest commute, In-Car Cleverness found the average speed of Glaswegian commuters fell by 1.7mph to 6.8mph.

Aside from London, those living in Manchester face the slowest commute within a mile of the centre (6.5mph), followed by Edinburgh (6.6mph) and Glasgow (6.8mph).

The latest figures from the Department for Transport suggest that 68% of people are driving as part of their commute, with the government body's figures also suggesting that traffic volumes increased by 1.7% to a new high of 324.3 billion miles.

"The figures paint a stark picture of how everyday commuters, drivers and even businesses are struggling to get around or operate in some of the biggest hubs in the UK," said Paul O'Dowd, head of sales at In-Car Cleverness. "It is likely down to a few factors. Overall traffic volumes are higher and this increase will be most noticeable in urban areas. As well as more traffic on the roads, major cities are increasingly introducing tighter speed restrictions while adopting more bus lanes, as well as cycling and pedestrian infrastructure."

He added: "Traffic-management technology is becoming readily available to drivers and businesses, who are being robbed of time and money; the technology can help avoid these costly traffic jams and save time."