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Road congestion in the UK fell by a quarter in 2020 as a result of a pandemic

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, congestion was reduced by a quarter in 2020. An interactive map shows how much road traffic has dropped in 25 cities in the UK.

  • Year-over-year congestion levels on our roads decreased by an average of 24% in 2020 compared to 2019, the report said.
  • According to TomTom, average congestion levels during rush hours have fallen by more than a third in the UK throughout the year.
  • Morning rush hour traffic plummeted most during the first blockade, dropping significantly by 78% in April alone.
  • Check out the interactive map below to see the difference in average congestion levels in 25 UK cities.

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According to a new report from TomTom, road congestion levels in the UK fell by an average of 24% year-on-year in 2020.

A review of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on traffic has been conducted by location technology experts and shows the impact of blockades and restrictions in 57 countries and 400 cities, 25 of which are in the United Kingdom.

Data show that average rush hour congestion levels fell by more than a third throughout the year, and morning rush hour traffic plummeted most during the first blockade, dropping significantly by 78% in April alone.

Britain’s deserted roads: The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic reduced traffic by an average of 25% last year, TomTom says.Photo: A64 highway near York shortly after the first blockade was implemented in March

After the “normal” start by 2020, congestion levels coincided with 2019 and traffic levels plummeted in mid-March as the first national blockade was declared.

Traffic volume began to recover around May.

Data also show that subsequent blockages in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales had less impact on traffic, but by the end of the year there were still far fewer motors on the road when strict regulations began. It was.

Edinburgh (14%), Brighton & Hove (12%) and Reading (10%) had the highest congestion rates the day before the first national blockade (March 22nd).

In contrast, the day before the second blockade (November 4), London (58%), Brighton & Hove (52%) and Hull (47%) saw spikes in congestion as the masses left major cities. did. Or hurried to the store for last-minute supplies.

In addition, TomTom Traffic Index data show that pandemics and extensive remote work have had a flattening effect on rush hour traffic.

Overall, rush hour congestion has dropped by an average of 35% in the UK.

There was little congestion during the rush hour when the roads were the quietest in April, and the original peak hours slowly returned as the years progressed, but travel patterns remained much flatter than in 2019 as a whole.

The interactive graph at the top of this page (showing the difference in congestion levels between the 25 major cities in 2020 and 2019) clearly shows the magnitude of the traffic decline, but the data is from the United Kingdom. It suggests that congestion levels may have returned to pre-crisis levels, despite the current third national blockade.

However, their full recovery depends primarily on government action and the lack of broader social changes brought about by pandemics (mainly working from home), the report said. I will.

Photo: Skipton, North Yorkshire, May 11, 2020: A warning sign was installed on the side of the road earlier this year asking if a driver's journey was essential during a coronavirus pandemic.

Photo: Skipton, North Yorkshire, May 11, 2020: A warning sign was installed on the side of the road earlier this year asking if a driver’s journey was essential during a coronavirus pandemic.

Rush Hour, once a headache for drivers and traffic planners, disappeared almost overnight as office workers set up their home offices.

Rush Hour, once a headache for drivers and traffic planners, disappeared almost overnight as office workers set up their home offices.

Stephanie Leonard, Head of Transportation Innovation and Policy at TomTom, said: ‘Earlier last year, we announced that congestion levels were rising in the UK and the country was heading in the wrong direction, but in March 2020 everything changed.

“Traffic has dropped significantly in the UK, boosted by a pandemic.

“From the blockade to the closure of the border, people’s movements have changed – and it has changed very quickly.

“Rush Hour, once a headache for drivers and traffic planners, disappeared almost overnight as office workers set up their home offices.”

TomTom data suggest that the UK's congestion level may have returned to pre-crisis levels despite the current third national blockade.

TomTom data suggest that the UK’s congestion level may have returned to pre-crisis levels despite the current third national blockade.

Returning to pre-pandemic levels of congestion relies primarily on government action and the lack of broader social change brought about by the pandemic-mainly telecommuting-remains permanent.

Returning to pre-pandemic levels of congestion relies primarily on government action and the lack of broader social change brought about by the pandemic-mainly telecommuting-remains permanent. ” Review year report states

She continued, “You shouldn’t expect British roads to remain quiet forever.” “As the Covid-19 vaccine continues to be produced and industrialized, traffic can surge again as people return to work. Old routines.

“Unless there is a coordinated and deliberate change in driver behavior with the help of policy makers and employers, rush hours are unlikely to end permanently.

“That’s why we need to ensure a smart approach for UK city planners, policy makers, employers and drivers to use flexible working hours, telecommuting and traffic data to determine optimal travel times. there is.”

According to TomTom’s analysis, congestion levels dropped on average in 387 cities around the world that we reviewed.

This means that 13 people saw an increase in traffic levels.

These include: Wollongong (1 percent higher) AustraliaLeuven (1% higher) BelgiumChangchun (4% higher), Chongqing (1% higher) ChinaTauranga (1% higher) new ZealandTaichung (1% higher), Tainan (1% higher), Taipei (2% higher), Taoyuan (4% higher) TaiwanAdana (1% higher), Gaziantep (1% higher), Izmir (1% higher) TurkeyDnipro, Ukraine (1 percent higher).

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Road congestion in the UK fell by a quarter in 2020 as a result of a pandemic

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