The London Assembly has amplified the need for walking and cycling in the capital after the cost of congestion was revealed.
The elected body, responsible for scrutinising the activities of the Mayor of London, the London Assembly reiterated the importance of cycling routes after the study from Inrix, which shows that the cost of congestion to UK drivers amounted to £7.9 billion in 2018.
Congestion and severity have been assessed in the UK’s top 20 urban areas, and the results show that congestion costs drivers £1,317 on average.
For London however, the problem is even worse; Inrix’s study highlights London as the worst performing city in the UK, with 227 hours lost due to congestion, and the average cost to UK drivers totalling £1,680 each year.
For context, costs for motorists in Manchester – which has the second-worst congestion problem in the UK – were more than £500 less than for their London counterparts.
It comes as no surprise to the Assembly that London is the sixth most gridlocked city in the world.
But, according to Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM, Chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee, it only serves to reiterate the necessity for cycling – something that Transport for London (TfL) is firmly committed to in order to reduce pollution and increase health of its citizens.
She said: “Getting millions of Londoners to and from work every day is a massive challenge, but we really have to try harder for the sake of our economy and our environment.
“The need to improve London’s public transport capacity is desperate – hence the urgent necessity for Crossrail and more people could be encouraged to walk and cycle whenever possible.”
The Transport Committee has previously made a number of recommendations in order to reduce congestion, such as smart road user charging and decreasing the number of night time deliveries.
But the encouragement of cycling has double the benefits – for commuters and their wallets, as well as the whole city, its transport network and the environment.