Motorists in the UK claim congestion on our roads is worse than ever

56% of drivers believe that traffic has worsened compared to just a year ago

 
According to a new report, six out of 10 motorists claim our motorways and ‘A’ roads are more congested than a year ago.
This comes after official figures revealed that traffic in the UK has hit record levels, with drivers complaining that journey times are getting longer and more stressful.
It’s not only an increase in traffic that motorists are unhappy with, as many drivers blame lorries overtaking other lorries on the motorways and motorists who sit in the middle lane, despite this being made illegal only a couple of years ago.
Worsening congestion has also been blamed by urban drivers on the ever expanding network of cycle and bus lanes popping up across the country.

56% of drivers believe that traffic has worsened compared to just a year ago

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The RAC’s annual Report on Motoring discovered that 56% of drivers claim that traffic has worsened on motorways, ‘A’ roads and high speed dual carriageways, with motorways showing the biggest increase – 61% of drivers said that congestion and journey times had got much worse over the last 12 months.
As well as major roads, the UK’s urban B-roads and unclassified urban roads have also become much busier resulting in less reliable journey times claim 55% of the 1,727 taking part in the survey.
The increase in traffic on the motorways had been put down to major roadworks (47%), drivers hogging the middle lane (45%) and lorries overtaking other lorries (40%).
From the 61% of drivers who believe congestion on the motorways has worsened, nearly half (48%) believe more should be done to stop lorries from overtaking other lorries.
When it comes to urban drivers, the expansion of cycle and bus lanes has left many frustrated – 29% thought bus lanes were mainly to blame for congestion in towns and cities, whilst 16% blamed cycle lanes.
Over half (54%) of the drivers who blamed cycle lanes for the increase in congestion believe that cyclists should be made to use these lanes wherever they are available.
The report claims that 8% of motorists note traffic congestion and slower journey times as their two main worries when driving on the motorway.
 
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