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07/06/06
Traffic Delays Worse in Other Cities
- Post-Congestion Charge London suffers fewer delays than UK rivals

Traffic Delays Worse in Other Cities. (c) Transport for London 2005 LONDONíS rush-hour traffic delays arenít as bad as those in other leading cities in the UK, according to a new survey.

Out of six cities covered in research conducted by Citroen, London beat Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester and Norwich on the measure of how long per hour cars remained stationary.

Only Edinburgh, where cars stayed in the same spot for an average on 17 minutes per hour, beat London, which posted a figure of 19 minutes. Drivers on the streets of central Cardiff, the surveyís big losers, can look forward to average stationary waits of 30 minutes in their hourís struggle to the office.

It is thought Londonís Congestion Charge is one of the reasonís traffic now flows relatively freely compared to other places, but it is uncertain whether the charge benefits the average motorist in the pocket.

The Automobile Association says that for every minute spent going nowhere, a car uses about 3p in petrol. The difference between London and Cardiff is therefore 33p for each rush hour journey, or 66p for a return trip, a lot less than the daily UKP8 Congestion Charge.



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