England’s slowest city to drive is revealed and it’s NOT London! Bristol, Nottingham and Liverpool are worse, according to new research – so how did your area fare?
- Bristol came out on top as the slowest city to drive, according to the research, followed by Nottingham
England’s slowest city for drivers has been revealed – and some might be surprised to learn that the answer isn’t London.
Bristol topped the list with a traffic slowdown score of 8.51/10 – research considering average speed, average delay, number of A roads, freeways, B and C roads needing maintenance, daily traffic flow annual average and the annual average of hours lost in traffic jams.
Nottingham ranks as the second slowest city for drivers, with an overall slow traffic score of 8.28/10 and Liverpool completes the top three as the third slowest city for drivers, with a score of 7.88/10.
London is only ranked as the fourth slowest city in the study, falling from the top spot since 2021, Moneybarn research has found.
Other results showed Middlesbrough to be the fastest area to drive in, with a slow traffic score of just 0.8/10. The working-class city has the third-shortest average delay time in the study, as well as the second-lowest number of hours lost in traffic.
Moneybarn compared the slowness of driving in cities across England based on average speed, number of roads in need of maintenance, average daily traffic flow and hours lost in traffic jams.
In Bristol, there is an average of 91 hours lost in traffic annually and 10% of the ‘B’ and ‘C’ roads in the southwestern city require maintenance. There are also 9% of Bristol’s ‘A’ roads and motorways which also need maintenance, making it a difficult city for motorists.
Nottingham, which came in as the second slowest city for drivers, has 10% of its ‘A’ roads and motorways in need of maintenance, which is the highest of any city in the study.
On top of that, the average traffic speed in the town is just 14mph, with only Brighton motorists recording a lower average speed.
Liverpool has the worst ‘B’ and ‘C’ roads of any major city in the country, as the study says 15% of them should be considered for maintenance.
Additionally, the average delay in Liverpool is over 83 seconds per vehicle per mile (spvpm) and there is a very high average daily traffic flow of over 1,250 vehicles.
Other data analyzed by Moneybarn which compared driving in different countries concluded that Peru is the slowest country to drive.
The research found that it had an average congestion level of 42% and 26 days of heavy traffic in Peruvian cities.
The United States is the fastest country to drive in, with an average of just six days a year of heavy traffic and a high top speed limit of 50 mph in urban areas, according to the research.
Slow-moving traffic meanders through Bristol city center during the evening rush hour – picture dated October 22, 2015
Data published by Moneybarn analyzed England’s largest cities based on their average speed, number of roads in need of maintenance, average daily traffic flow and hours lost in traffic jams.