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Plymouth drivers stuck in traffic for "two working days" per year

Watch Nick Smith's report as he battles through the Plymouth morning rush hour:

Figures obtained by ITV News West Country show that drivers in Plymouth spend over two working days a year stuck in gridlock in the city.

All in all, it is costing drivers just under £1,000 per year in hours wasted behind the wheel, missed appointments and delayed deliveries etc...

That's according to the traffic monitor inrix who performed a study on traffic in the city.

It may come as no surprise to Plymouth commuters that the average speed of cars on roads within the city boundaries is 20 mph.

Traffic backed up on the A386 Tavistock Road during morning rush hour. Credit: ITV News Westcountry

Some of the recent congestion can be attributed to a £13 million roadworks project in the city, which is designed to improve congestion and prepare Plymouth's future infrastructure needs with planned housing and business developments.

Looking across the region, it comes as no surprise to residents in Exeter that it is ranked among the top 20 most congested UK cities. With drivers there spending 25 hours a year stuck in traffic.

While in Cornwall there are still calls to improve the counties network of A-roads. Especially making the A30 entirely a dual carriageway. That would help accommodate the nearly 2 million vehicles that use Cornwall's roads every year.

Frustrated Plymouth drivers on navigating traffic in city.

Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning, said:

“We have been working closely with the contractor to continually monitor traffic flow and adapt arrangements wherever possible to reduce the impact of these vital works.

“We have also been ensuring key tasks are completed as quickly as possible and it is thanks to the contractor completing work on the northbound central reserve that we can open a third northbound lane.

“These works are essential in reducing congestion and improving public transport, walking and cycling links along this key route as the city grows. We’d like to thank everyone for their patience and reassure them we are doing everything we can to minimise disruption.”