Traffic jams cost Manchester’s economy £ 169million a year, according to a new study.
A study by telematics company TomTom analyzed the number of working hours lost while sitting in traffic and found that vehicles spend an average of 169 hours per year on the region’s roads – with drivers losing around 21 days working behind the wheel.
Average journeys are 38% longer than they should be, according to research from the TomTom Traffic Index, which measures congestion on road networks in 390 cities around the world.
Manchester is ranked as the fourth most congested city in the UK behind London, Edinburgh and Belfast, which leads.
The situation is getting worse, according to the study which found that the cost of lost productivity in Manchester has risen by more than £ 11million in the past year.
Efforts are being made to unblock our road.
Smart highways, which use the latest technology to monitor traffic levels and introduce variable speed limits on overhead electronic signs to keep vehicles moving, are being introduced in Greater Manchester
Works connecting the A57 from the junction of AJ Bell Stadium in Peel Green to the M60 via Trafford City could also pose a problem on this section of the road network.
Today Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham plans to announce a radical overhaul of the region’s transport system within three years using a series of measures.
Beverley Wise, UK & Ireland Director of TomTom Telematics, said: “Traffic remains a serious problem for businesses and the resulting delays have potential implications for productivity, customer service standards and even welfare. be employees. “
“Sadly, congestion levels continue to rise and the UK economy is paying the price at a time when the landscape is already tough enough, with the growth rate now expected to be just 1.5% this year.
“But, while the solutions to the broader traffic problem are incredibly complex, companies can take action now to mitigate its effect by using the data to develop smarter work schedules and shift models that help employees avoid rush hour driving.
“Technology like telematics can help evolve into a more dynamic routing and planning model that uses data on traffic and travel times to develop plans that minimize time on the road and can be quickly adapted. in response to delays or changing circumstances. “
Manchester is not alone in facing the problem nationwide, with the cost to local economies in the UK’s 25 most congested towns and villages amounting to nearly £ 1 billion.
The biggest financial blow has been felt in London, where £ 264million is lost each year through traffic.