Getting stuck in traffic on A-roads in London is common, but how does the average speed of vehicles in England’s capital compare to other parts of the country?
According to the Department for Transport (DfT), local authority-managed A-roads carry around half of the total traffic in England, so it is vital congestion is kept to a minimum. Last week, the DFT released provisional average speed data for these roads for the first quarter of 2012.
Inner London has predictably slow roads, but it’s surprising to see 17 other areas from around the country with average speeds of 20mph or below.
If you live in any of the five worst areas below, comfort will probably be high on the list of priorities for your next car. We’ve previously revealed the top 10 most comfortable cars rated by you in the Which? Car Survey to help. It’s also worth considering a sat nav with live traffic updates to help get around the queues – 16 of the sat navs we have tested are Best Buys.
Top five average vehicle speeds
1. Rutland, East Midlands – 41.4mph
2. Telford and Wrekin, West Midlands – 39.3mph
3. Thurrock, East – 37.6mph
4. Peterborough, East – 37.3mph
5. North Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and the Humber – 36.2mph
Bottom five average vehicle speeds
1. Inner London, London – 12.8mph
2. Reading, South East – 14.2mph
3. Slough, South East – 15.0mph
4. Bristol, South West – 15.3mph
5. Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire and the Humber – 16.5mph