Congestion in the UK cost drivers almost £8 billion last year, research from Inrix Inc has revealed.
The Global Traffic Scorecard identified the congestion and mobility trends from more than 200 cities across 38 countries.
For the UK, congestion and its severity were assessed in the top 20 urban areas, revealing a loss of an average of 178 hours a year due to congestion for UK drivers.
This equates to a cost of £7.9 billion – and £1,317 per driver.
The worst two cities for time lost due to congestion were London (227 hours) and Birmingham (165 hours), according to the Inrix overall impact of congestion ranking.
Londoners who used their car lost up to £1,680 per year because of congestion; for Manchester, this figure was £1,157, while both Edinburgh and Leicester also topped £1,100 per driver, on average.
Of the cities studied in the UK by Inrix, Liverpool had the lowest cost of congestion.
It highlights the need for “intelligent transport solutions,” according to Trevor Reed, transportation analyst at Inrix.
He said: “Congestion costs Brits billions of pounds each year.
“Unaddressed, it will continue to have serious consequences for national and local economies, businesses and citizens in the years to come.
“In order to avoid traffic congestion becoming a further drain on our economy, it is increasingly obvious that authorities need to adapt.
“With the help of new and innovative intelligent transport solutions, we can begin to tackle the mobility issues we face today.”
The costs associated with the congestion, and the inconvenience caused perfectly highlights why cycling is becoming a more popular form of travel, and one that local authorities are encouraging.
London, as the city affected the most, is making changes, in this context, and to improve emissions.
Glynn Barton, Director of Network Management at Transport for London, said: “To directly tackle poor air quality, we are ensuring that buses, taxis and private hire vehicles are as green as possible.
“In delivering the Mayor’s ambitious plans for 80% of all journeys to be made by public transport, walking or cycling by 2041, our plans will further help tackle congestion across London.”