Figures released by the Department for Transport (DfT) have revealed that all the UK’s slowest roads for drivers are in London. The figures assessed average speeds on A-class roads in England during the morning rush hour period for 2015.
London took the ignominious honour of bottom place on the table with 10 roads where the lowest average speed drivers could expect in rush-hour was just 3.8mph. This speed applied to two roads and these were Greenwich’s northbound A2203 Blackwall Lane and the A407 Cricklewood Lane.
Speeds on the northbound Tottenham Court Road (A400) were only marginally faster at 3.9mph. Not one of the 10 roads in the capital that the DfT named and shamed saw average peak hour speeds climb above 5mph. Tower Hamlets’ Commercial Street (A1202) and the Wandsworth section of the A3320 were among other key roads heading inexorably towards rush hour gridlock.
Although average speeds on A roads across the UK had dropped a little since the figures for 2014 were issued, they were five times faster than London’s. The average for 2015 was 23.7mph while in 2014 it was 0.7mph faster at 24.4mph.
A trio of the roads at the bottom of the DfT table come under the jurisdiction of Transport for London (TfL). Garrett Emmerson is the TfL’s Surface Transport Division head and he explained that the slowdown on its roads was due to construction work.
Mr Emmerson claimed the problem was only short-term and traffic flow would speed up again in the not-too-distant future. He noted that the department was in the process of implementing measures like intelligent traffic signals so that traffic did not get jammed at intersections.