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Congestion improves in just three UK cities

Traffic jams have only improved in three of Britain's major cities over the past year, according to the TomTom Traffic Index.

  • The only cities where congestion actually improved where Edinburgh, Leeds-Bradford and Nottingham.
  • Congestion has gotten worse in Belfast, Brighton, London, Manchester, Leicester, Sheffield, Liverpool and Newcastle over the last 12 months.
  • Journey times in Bristol have risen by 66% during the peak of the evening rush hour and in Brighton driving home takes 45% longer than it would have this time last year.
  • Despite the congestion charge, driving in London now takes more time than last year with drivers enduring rush-hour journey times of up to 60 per cent longer than non-peak times.

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Report: Congestion in 11 cities worsens

Congestion in 11 major cities has gotten worse over the last year with some drivers journey time extended by a staggering 88% because of bad traffic, research has shown.

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Congestions across UK cities is getting worse according to the TomTom Traffic Index Credit: PA

Belfast is the worst city in the UK for congestion during rush hour, followed by Bristol and Brighton, according to the TomTom Traffic Index.

Special traffic courts to hear minor motoring cases

Traffic courts will be set-up to deal with speeding motorists and traffic-light jumpers in a bid to free up more time for more serious cases, the Government has announced.

Special traffic courts to be set-up. Credit: Andy Butterton/PA Wire

Around half a million motoring cases are heard in magistrates' courts every year and can often take longer to progress than major offences, the Ministry of Justice said.

Justice Minister Damian Green said: "Enforcing traffic laws is hugely important for road safety and saving lives.

"However, these cases take nearly six months on average from offence to completion, despite the fact that over 90% of cases result in a guilty plea or are proved in absence - this is simply unacceptable.

"The justice system must respond more quickly and effectively to the needs of victims, witnesses and local communities, and these dedicated courts will enable magistrates to better organise their work and drive greater efficiency."

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Bristol centre to close to traffic on selected Sundays

If successful, the scheme will be extended to include more streets Credit: ITV News West Country

Bristol city centre is to close to traffic on selected Sundays, Mayor George Ferguson will announce today. The Making Sundays Special scheme will start on the twenty third of June and ban traffic from the streets to encourage community groups and street performers.

Initially, once a month over the summer, the scheme is expected to become weekly. It could also be extended to include more streets if successful and folows the example of Bristol's twin French city, Bordeaux.

Motorists warned about snow on car roofs

Edmund King, president of the AA, has warned of people driving so-called "snowman cars" by not clearing off the piles of snow on top of their vehicles before getting behind the wheel.

Drivers must clear the snow off their windscreens, lights and tops of their cars before setting out.

This morning we have spotted lots of 'snowman cars', which are cars driving along with piles of snow on their tops.

I saw one sports car this morning on the M3 with almost a snowman of its roof but the dangerous thing was that it was being followed by a motorcycle.

The hardened snow could have been a real hazard, had it fallen off in the path of the motorcycle.

We have also seen drivers peering out of small openings on their windscreen as if they were driving a tank.

The other issue is the number of cars with their lights and indicators compacted with hardened snow.

Drivers need to take a broom to clear excess snow off their vehicles before setting out.

– AA president Edmund King

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Rail companies tweet updates as snowfall continues

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Latest information for Northern Rail services affected by snow and ice on Monday 21 January #SnowNorthernRail #uksnow http://t.co/QHKpHJaN

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NEW: Latest information for Virgin Trains services on Monday 21 January. Heavy snowfall is causing ... http://t.co/yq17rQJC #fb

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Morning. Good service across the network. Please see here for updates http://t.co/ZxRN2Mmu ^Reg

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Travelling by train? What you need to know...

Passengers are advised not to attempt travelling in or out of Devon using rail links Credit: ITV WESTCOUNTRY

First Great Western - London Paddington to Bristol Parkway. Disruption between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads, and between London Paddington and Swansea due to flooding between Swindon and Bristol Parkway.

First Great Western - London Paddington to Tiverton Parkway. Disruption between London Paddington and Penzance, and between Bristol Temple Meads and Plymouth due to flooding between Exeter St. Davids and Tiverton Parkway, and at Teignmouth.

Tickets are being accepted on South West Trains and FirstGroup bus services.

CrossCountry - Bristol Temple Meads to Tiverton Parkway. Disruption between Bristol Temple Meads and Penzance, and between Bristol Temple Meads and Plymouth due to flooding between Exeter St. Davids and Tiverton Parkway, and at Teignmouth. Tickets are being accepted on First Great Western services.

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M6 up for sale on auction site

Motorway Credit: David Jones/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A disgruntled commuter has put the M6 up for sale on auction site Ebay.

He claims the item is "used" and "not in great condition". It's "always in need of roadworks", so to compensate Corley Services will be thrown in for free.

Bidding started at 99p and the bid currently stands at £150, 600.

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