Leicester's traffic nightmare

Roadworks in Leicester will be halted over Christmas, leaders have confirmed. It comes after the city was named in the top 10 of the UK's most congested cities.

Roadworks to halt for Christmas in congested Leicester

A £2.7million roadworks scheme in Leicester will be suspended over Christmas, council chiefs have revealed.

The county council is carrying out work on the roundabout at Asda and Fosse Park in a bid to ease congestion in the city.

But from next Friday until January 6, daytime works will be halted to ease traffic from shoppers headed to the retail park.

It comes after a report named Leicester in its top 10 worst traffic hotspots, sparking calls from business leaders for roadworks to cease in the run-up to Christmas.

Business leader: 'Leicester roadworks must stop'

by Wesley Smith

On the day Leicester is named in the top 100 worldwide traffic jam hotspots, the Chamber of Commerce Leader has told ITV News Central that roadworks must cease in the run-up to Christmas.

Max Bowden says he fears the city will become a no-go zone if roadworks go on too long. In the long term he says he would also like to work with local schools to try to stagger start times to ease traffic congestion.

Leicester is in the top 10 of the UK's most congested cities Credit: ITV News Central

Martin Fletcher from Leicester City Council acknowledged getting around some parts of the city centre is a real challenge at the moment, but was keen to point out that roadworks will be suspended during the day in most places from December 1 to cope with the Christmas rush.

ITV News Central also spoke to a number of motorists, particularly bus drivers, who were frustrated by the time it was taking to cross the city.

Traffic delays cost Leicester drivers 78 hours per year Credit: ITV News Central

The survey, by a sat nav company, said Leicester was number eight in the worst bottlenecks in the UK, but the council says too few towns and cities were monitored in the report.

They say the works need to happen to make the city more accessible in future and are also urging motorists to use the three Park & Ride services more. It costs £3.50 for a whole group travelling in one car to use the buses.

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Traffic delays cost Leicester drivers 78 hours per year

Congestion on Leicester roads causes commuters in the city to experience 78 hours of delays per year based on a 30 minute journey each day, a new report has said.

Traffic at a standstill in Leicester, ranked the eighth most congested city in the UK Credit: ITV News Central

Research by satellite navigation company TomTom examined congestion in UK cities over a one year period and looked at the amount of time traffic delays would amount to based on a 30 minute journey to work each day.

The results also revealed that drivers in the city lose 31 minutes from every hour they travel during peak times in the morning and evening. While the worst periods of the week to travel are Monday mornings and Thursday evenings.

Drivers in Nottingham experience around 73 hours of standstills per year, according to the report, with those in Birmingham seeing 67 hours of traffic.

Cities with the most traffic: Top 15

Cities across the Midlands have been named amongst the most congested in the country in a new report by satellite navigation company TomTom.

Leicester was revealed as the UK's eighth most congested city, with traffic congestion levels increasing in the past year. Other cities in the Midlands also featured in the top 15, and Nottingham was ranked at the top of the list for cities seeing the biggest decrease in traffic – with a 6% drop.

  • Belfast
  • Bristol
  • Brighton and Hove
  • Edinburgh
  • London
  • Leeds-Bradford
  • Manchester
  • Leicester
  • Sheffield
  • Liverpool
  • Newcastle-Sunderland
  • Birmingham
  • Portsmouth
  • Nottingham
  • Southampton

Travel times in Leicester increase by 50pc in rush hour

Leicester has been named in the Top 10 most congested cities in the UK, with journey times increased by almost a quarter due to traffic jams, according to a new report.

This goes up to more than a 50 per cent increase in journey times during both morning and evening rush hour.

The research was carried out by sat nab firm TomTom, which measured congestion in terms of the percentage increase to journey times caused by heavy traffic.

  • Average increase: 22 per cent
  • Morning rush increase: 53 per cent
  • Evening rush increase: 51 per cent
  • Congestion on highways: 11 per cent
  • Congestion on non-highway roads: 33 per cent

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Leicester named eighth most congested city in UK

Leicester has been named in the top ten for the UK's most congested cities, according to a new report.

Cars come to a halt in a traffic jam Credit: Andy Butterton/PA Wire

The report, by a satellite navigation company, shows that Leicester is the UK's eighth most congested city, with traffic congestion levels increasing in the past year.

In Nottingham, levels of congestion are said to have improved over the last 12 months.

Junction 21 and 22 of the M1 motorway near Leicester Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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