Department for Transport publishes roads to avoid in North Lincolnshire during daily commute

Getting to work on time in North Lincolnshire could be quicker after new Department of Transport data shows the roads to avoid on the daily rush hour commute.

Wednesday, 13th March 2019, 9:35 am
Updated Wednesday, 13th March 2019, 9:38 am
Department for Transport has published list of roads to avoid during daily commute

For many drivers, the worst part of the commute is when you get stuck in traffic.

The Department for Transport figures show that the A160 westbound between A1173 and A1077 and the A160 westbound at a minor junction between A1173 and A1077 had the slowest moving traffic among the major roads in North Lincolnshire in 2018.

Vehicles on both those sections of road travelled at an average of just 57.6mph.

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Area's to avoid on North Lincolnshire roads during the daily commute

At the other end of the scale, vehicles sped along the M180 westbound between J2 and J1 at an average of 64.7mph – making it the fastest section of road in the area.

The figures include measurements taken at 37 places on the strategic road network – major routes managed by Government-owned company Highways England – in North Lincolnshire.

Across England, motorists suffered a 3.9 percent increase in delays on motorways and major A roads last year.

Journeys took an average of 9.4 seconds per mile longer than if vehicles were able to drive at the speed limit, according to the DfT, up from nine seconds during the previous year.

It suggests that driving along a 10-mile section of road with a 60mph limit typically took 11 minutes and 34 seconds last year, compared with 10 minutes in free flow conditions.

RAC head of roads policy, Nicholas Lyes, said more congestion meant more wasted time and money and added: "Much work is being carried out on our motorways to improve capacity by upgrading them to smart motorways, but this inevitably causes delays. Nonetheless, extra capacity is badly needed as Britain now has around 38 million vehicles registered for use, and in the 10 years from 2007 more than four million extra vehicles came on to the road."

A DfT spokeswoman said: "This government is determined to improve journeys for all motorists, which is why we're investing nearly £29 billion to reduce congestion on our roads up to 2025.

"We are also investing £3.1 billion in local projects to make road travel smoother, while our £2.5 billion Transforming Cities Fund will develop innovative public transport schemes to further tackle congestion in some of England's biggest cities."