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Revealed: England’s worst cities for traffic jams (outside London)

An extra £43bn of funding to 2040 would be needed to solve traffic problems, the study revealed

 

London – Drivers nationwide are facing congested roads, with new research revealing the 10 worst English cities for traffic outside London.

Away from London, you might expect roads to be a little quieter – but new research shows many other English cities are suffering gridlock.

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) says major investment is needed to alleviate the “misery” drivers face across the country.

Here are the 10 most congested areas outside the capital, based on how easy it is to drive from one part of each city to another at peak and off-peak times:

 

1. Manchester

Manchester is the worst for traffic outside of London, according to the NIC research.
Manchester is the worst for traffic outside of London, according to the NIC research.

 

2. Liverpool

Despite being a major port known for its innovation in transportation, Liverpool was revealed as the second-worst city in England for traffic.
Despite being a major port known for its innovation in transportation, Liverpool was revealed as the second-worst city in England for traffic.

 

3. Birmingham

As the city with the largest population outside of London, it's not a huge surprise that Birmingham was third.
As the city with the largest population outside of London, it’s not a huge surprise that Birmingham was third.

 

4. Portsmouth/Southampton

Portsmouth and Southampton came in fourth.
Portsmouth and Southampton came in fourth.

 

5. Nottingham

Nottingham is in the middle of the road when it comes to bad traffic jams in English cities.
Nottingham is in the middle of the road when it comes to bad traffic jams in English cities.

 

6. Leeds

With a population of about 800,000, the bustling city of Leeds suffers quite a lot of traffic congestion.
With a population of about 800,000, the bustling city of Leeds suffers quite a lot of traffic congestion.

 

7. Bristol

The wider district of Bristol may only have the 10th-largest population in England, but it ranks seventh in terms of traffic outside the capital.
The wider district of Bristol may only have the 10th-largest population in England, but it ranks seventh in terms of traffic outside the capital.

 

8. Brighton

The seaside resort on the south coast of England has about 288,200 residents and is a hugely popular destination for tourists.
The seaside resort on the south coast of England has about 288,200 residents and is a hugely popular destination for tourists.

 

9. Leicester

Located in the East Midlands, Leicester is the 11th most-populous area in England and is at the intersection of two major railway lines.
Located in the East Midlands, Leicester is the 11th most-populous area in England and is at the intersection of two major railway lines.

 

10. Bournemouth

The coastal resort town on the south coast of England is the largest settlement in Dorset and attracts over five million visitors annually.
The coastal resort town on the south coast of England is the largest settlement in Dorset and attracts over five million visitors annually.

 

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