Gridlock! Brighton and Hove one of the UK’s ‘most congested cities’

The area around London Road, New England Road and New England Street is the most congested in the city, according to TomTom SUS-170221-095608001
The area around London Road, New England Road and New England Street is the most congested in the city, according to TomTom SUS-170221-095608001

Drivers in Brighton and Hove can expect to be in their cars 36 per cent longer than in other UK cities - and 60 per cent longer during rush hour.

That’s according to new research by TomTom, which placed Brighton in the top five cities for traffic, alongside Belfast, Edinburgh, London and Manchester.

The company said drivers in Brighton and Hove spend an extra 135 hours or 5.6 days of their lives in congestion per year, which works out as an extra 35 minutes a day.

And the most congested spot in the city was revealed to be the junction of London Road, New England Road and New England Street.

The study also found congestion in Brighton and Hove has increased by two per cent since last year.

Ralf-Peter Schaefer, VP TomTom Traffic, said: “TomTom’s mission is to transform mobility across the world, helping to create the smarter cities of the future. A big part of this transformation is to help everyday drivers to make better decisions about how they get around. This is where our expertise in traffic comes in, and it’s why we release the TomTom Traffic Index every year. It’s designed to help drivers, cities and transport planners to understand traffic congestion and, most importantly, how to reduce it.”

The TomTom Traffic Index is an annual report detailing the cities around the world with the most traffic congestion. Brighton and Hove was one of 11 UK cities in the top 100 worldwide.

Using data from 2016, the TomTom Traffic Index looks at the traffic congestion situation in 390 cities in 48 countries on six continents – from Rome to Rio, Singapore to San Francisco. TomTom works with nearly 19 trillion data points that have been accumulated over nine years. This is the sixth year of the TomTom Traffic Index, and this year the travel index included the ‘delay hotspot feature’, pinpointing the most congested roads in each city.

To find out more about the TomTom Traffic Index, visit: www.tomtom.com/trafficindex