San Francisco one of the world's 10 most congested cities

07 February 2018, 01:25 | Andres Norman

UK roads are 10th most congested in the world – with 31-hour a year delays costing Brits over £1000 each

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Drivers spend an average of 102 peak hours in congestion in L.A., besting Moscow (91), New York City (91), Sao Paulo, Brazil (86) and San Francisco (79) among the worldwide top five.

On average in the United Kingdom, drivers spend an average of 31 hours a year in traffic which in 2017 led to a loss of more than £37.7 billion in related costs*.

Out of the 1,360 cities analysed, London came in seventh, behind Bogota who had 75 peak hours of congestion. And it's estimated that Jakartans spend an average of 22 days a year in traffic, according to a 2017 study conducted by Boston Consulting Group. It calculated direct costs as the value of fuel and time wasted, while indirect costs relate to freighting and business fees from company vehicles idling in traffic that are passed on through higher prices.

Beyond frayed nerves, traffic congestion cost USA motorists almost $305 billion in 2017, an average of $1,445 per driver, the study found.

In Wales, Newport ranked as the most congested city in the country, with drivers losing an average of 24 hours a year in traffic jams. You're probably right. But The Rose City is nowhere near the top of the INRIX list of most congested cities.

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London drivers spent approximately 74 hours a year in congestion during peak times, at an average cost of £2,430 a year.

But a top 10 list of hours wasted in congestion includes towns like Braintree in Essex, and Bath in Somerset.

In Dallas, INRIX noted that 18 miles of new TEXpress Lanes opened in May 2017 on the Interstate 35E corridor that connects Dallas and Denton counties.

Call it the "Full Vancouver" - when you complain about real estate, the weather and traffic all in one conversation.

Transport minister Humza Yousaf said he was "pleased" by the improvements in traffic flow and pointed out that the Scottish Government was committed to the "largest road investment programme" the country hs ever seen.

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