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Manchester named UK’s most congested city outside London

Written by: Neil

Congestion, traffic, hold-ups – whatever you call a cramped-up collection of cars on public roads, there’s no denying that it’s one of the worst aspects of motoring life and the common enemy of every petrolhead.

If traffic turns you into a boiling bubble of rage then you should probably avoid Manchester for the foreseeable.

That’s because the northern city has just been named the UK’s most congested city outside of London.

Research has found that cars and buses in central Manchester experience delays of over 100 seconds for every mile travelled. The national average for urban A roads is 78 seconds.

Liverpool was ranked the most traffic-ridden after Manchester, followed by Birmingham, Portsmouth and Southampton, and Nottingham completing the top five.

The rest of the list went Leeds, Bristol, Brighton, Leicester and Bournemouth in tenth.

What needs to be done?

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), which released this grim league table, has called for greater powers to be devolved to metro mayors and local leaders in a bid to improve urban transport.

NIC chairman Sir John Armitt said city leaders need to be in the driving seat to develop local solutions.

“Trying to tackle this from London won’t work. Powers and increased funding [need] to be devolved from Whitehall to local leaders,” he claimed.

“This will give the people who know their cities best the tools they need to improve urban transport.”

Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “Just last week, Manchester lost cycle-sharing service MoBike, which had never pulled out of a city before, and here’s another sad badge of honour. Stay strong, our kid.”

The top 10 most congested parts of England outside London:

  1. Manchester
  2. Liverpool
  3. Birmingham
  4. Portsmouth and Southampton
  5. Nottingham
  6. Leeds
  7. Bristol
  8. Brighton
  9. Leicester
  10. Bournemouth

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