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Disgruntled drivers were "not surprised" Bristol emerged as the second most congested city in the UK, with one driver describing rush hour traffic as "absolute murder".
They were speaking after data from the Tom Tom Traffic Index showed how congestion in 11 of the UK's biggest cities had got worse over the last year.
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.
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.
Belfast is the worst city in the UK for congestion during rush hour, followed by Bristol and Brighton, according to the TomTom Traffic Index.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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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.