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Manchester revealed as second most congested city in UK

Manchester has been revealed as the second most congested city in the UK. Photo: Press Association

Manchester has been revealed as the second most congested city in the UK.

The UK has the third worst traffic congestion country in Europe, according to traffic information company Inrix.

Drivers are spending an average of 32 hours a year stuck in jams during peak periods in the UK, according to traffic information company Inrix.

Researchers calculated that the direct and indirect costs of hold-ups reached £31billion last year, at an average of £968 per driver.

Congestion is the most severe in London, which was found to be the seventh worst city out of more than 1,000 analysed around the world.

Manchester is the second most congested UK city, followed by Aberdeen, Birmingham and Edinburgh.

"Despite Brexit, 2016 saw the UK economy remaining stable, fuel prices staying low and employment growing to an 11-year high, all of which incentivises road travel and helped increase congestion.

"The cost of this congestion is staggering, stripping the economy of billions, impacting businesses and costing consumers dearly.

"To tackle this problem, we must consider bold options such as remote working, wider use of road user charging and investment in big data to create more effective and intelligent transportation systems."

– Inrix chief economist Graham Cookson