London’s busiest roads are back to pre-pandemic levels, says study

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The North Circular has been named among London’s busiest roads (PA)
The North Circular has been named among London’s busiest roads (PA)

London’s busiest roads are back to pre-pandemic levels, research has shown.

Data from traffic index TomTom also found congestion last month reached 61 per cent - not far off the levels of 63 per cent recorded in 2019.

It comes as the UK recorded a further 49,139 coronavirus cases and 179 deaths within 28 days of a positive test on October 20.

But since leaving lockdown earlier in the year, life has slowly started to return to normal as the Government’s work from home guidance has been lifted.

The busiest roads in London which have seen traffic return to their pre-pandemic levels have been revealed.

Among them are the A406 North Circular Road from Chiswick to Hanger Lane, the Strand, Fleet Street, Cannon Street and the A23 from London to Brighton.

With congestion on the rise, it is thought the average person living in London spends 115 hours stuck in traffic every year - equating to four days.

This can result in the pollution of harmful emissions into the air we breathe, e-scooter operator TIER said.

Research has found in the UK alone, air pollution is linked to 40,000 early deaths every year - with cars being the biggest contributor.

TIER has called on commuters to start using e-scooters more regularly in order to save time and reduce emissions as well as improve air quality.

There are now up to 6,600 e-scooters deployed on the streets of London. The boroughs include Lambeth, Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, City of London, Ealing, Richmond, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Westminster.

Fred Jones, TIER’s Regional General Manager for Northern Europe, said: “If the events of the last few weeks have taught us anything, it’s that a more sustainable mode of transport is the way forward, especially when making our way round built-up cities for those shorter journeys.

“Through raising awareness of these stark statistics, and the sheer amount of time wasted in traffic every year, we hope we can make real change in our cities across the globe and combat pollution for good.”

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