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Peterborough named the UK's quickest city at rush-hour

Peterborough has been named as the quickest city in the country for rush-hour driving Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Peterborough has the fastest rush-hour driving rates in the country, according to a new survey.

In contrast to Worcester in the other half of the Midlands, which experiences among the most affected by rush-hour delays, Peterborough tops the list.

The average speed in the city in rush-hour is just over 19mph.

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Worcester one of the worst cities in UK for rush-hour delays

Worcester has been named as one of the worst cities in UK for rush-hour delays Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Worcester has been named as one of the most-affected cities for rush-hour delays, according to a new survey.

Drivers are said to be delayed for almost nine minutes during busy periods. Coventry and Stoke-on-Trent are among the quicker moving rush-hour cities.

Overall, the typical rush hour traffic slows speeds down by an average of 3.6mph.

Highways Agency warns drivers of busy roads

Drivers are warned about traffic jams as roadworks are still in place over the bank holiday Credit: David Jones/PA

The Highways Agency is warning of increased traffic on the roads because of the bank holiday weekend.

It says people should leave extra time for journeys if they are travelling today and that, unlike during the Easter bank holiday weekend, the majority of roadworks will still be in place.

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Traffic chief blames temporary lights for delays

Traffic at the Beeston junction of University Boulevard has caused major problems for road-users of late... Credit: ITV Central

In the wake of heavy criticism following massive delays on Nottingham's road, Steve Hunt, head of service for traffic and safety at Nottingham City Council, said the problems have been addressed:

"It is normal for this area to experience heavy traffic congestion at peak times, particularly if events are taking place at the university...

... However, since the fault with the temporary traffic lights was resolved earlier this week, we are satisfied that the network is flowing and the traffic management is working as it should."

The work is expected to be complete by spring.

Tram-route causes disruption for bus passengers

With major delays due to a new tram route on University Boulevard, Nottingham City Transport say their ability to provide a reliable service to customers is being affected.

Tram work on University Boulevard is is causing problems for passengers on other forms of public transport... Credit: ITV Central

An NCT spokesperson said:

"During the last week, we have seen significant disruption on our Beeston services as buses have been affected by the congestion caused by the works on and around University Boulevard...

... We are supportive of the investment in transport infrastructure for the city but find the volume of works being done is affecting our ability to provide the reliable service customers expect."

Tram-line construction traffic dubbed 'diabolical'

Traffic in Nottingham has been dubbed 'diabolical', with continuing works to the city's tram service causing disruption to business and transport services.

Construction of Nottingham's tram network has caused major delays... Credit: ITV Central

Heather Harrison, administrator of nearby electrical wholesalers, Hedley & Ellis, said:

"It is affecting us, because of all the roadworks electricians are avoiding us and going elsewhere… Monday was horrendous. It is definitely a problem getting here; whether you are coming in from Bramcote, Wollaton or Long Eaton, you cannot avoid traffic jams... I think it is diabolical."

Construction has seen a busy roundabout replaced by a hectic T-junction... Credit: ITV Central

Ambulance service release statement following man's death

Damage to property near the crash Credit: ITV Central

West Midlands Ambulance Service have released a statement following the death of a man who was involved in a car crash on Ansty Road, in Coventry.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said:

“The driver of one car, a man, was seriously injured. Ambulance crews administered advanced emergency treatment at the scene before conveying the man by ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

"Sadly, despite the best efforts of ambulance crews and hospital medics, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at hospital.

“The passenger from the same car, a woman, and the driver of the second car, a man, both sustained minor injuries. Both were taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire as a precaution.”

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