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The slowest rush hour roads in Britain

by Hugh Wilson | 24 Nov 2015

Earlier this year the Daily Mirror analysed Department of Transport figures to produce a list of the slowest rush hour roads in the country. Unsurprisingly, the top ten were all in London, so the researchers also added a list of the slowest roads outside the capital. Here are the results, with the average rush hour speeds on each:

The UK's 10 worst morning commutes

1) A407 Westbound, Barnet -2.8 mph 
2) A400 Northbound, Westminster - 3.8 mph 
3) A2203 Northbound, Greenwich - 3.9 mph 
4) A3220 Northbound, Wandsworth - 4.2 mph 
5) A5201 Westbound, Islington - 4.4 mph 
6) A10 Southbound, City of London - 4.5 mph 
7) A1202 Southbound, Tower Hamlets - 4.6 mph 
8) A306 Eastbound, Hammersmith and Fulham - 4.6 mph 
9) A40 Westbound, Camden - 4.7 mph 
10) A306 Northbound , Richmond upon Thames - 4.7 mph

The 10 worst commutes outside London

1) A6042 Northbound, Manchester - 7.1 mph 
2) A2010 Southbound, Brighton - 7.3 mph 
3) A566 Eastbound, Liverpool - 7.7 mph 
4) A6005 Eastbound, Nottinghamshire -8.1 mph 
5) A34 Southbound, Sandwell - 8.2 mph 
6) A5186 Southbound, Salford - 8.3 mph 
7) A6042 Southbound, Manchester - 8.6 mph 
8) A2010 Northbound, Brighton - 8.8 mph 
9) A5048 Northbound, Liverpool - 8.8 mph 
10) A3039 Northbound, Bath - 9.2mph

The statistics add to new research from the Department of Transport that found average peak time traffic speed on all the country’s A roads was just 23.6mph.

In addition, research in 2013 revealed the slowest motorways at morning rush hour. They were the M6 at Ward End, West Midlands (27mph); M62 at Hunsworth, West Yorkshire (34mph); the M4 at Brentford (37mph); the M11 at Chigwell, Essex (38mph); and the M25 at Downside, Essex (38mph).

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