Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The London Roads That Are Busier Than Motorways

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The London Roads That Are Busier Than Motorways

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CENTRAL London's busiest main road - Brompton Road - now carries even more traffic than some major motorways, new figures reveal today.

The shopping and residential street carries 63,600 vehicles a day - more than the daily average on the M11 and nearly as heavy as the M5, which carries 68,000 vehicles.

The statistics which make millions of commuters' lives a misery are laid bare in research by the Mayor's Transport for London (TfL) authority pinpointing the capital's 10 most congested roads.

The survey demonstrates how the pattern of car travel in London has changed in recent years, as local authorities funnel more vehicles onto main roads by launching traffic calming schemes, bus and cycle lanes and Red Routes, and by closing off dangerous rat runs.

The busiest road in London is the Westway (A40M) which carries 74,500 vehicles a day - not far behind the M40 motorway which carries 82,000.

The Highway in E1 is the third busiest in the capital with 53,600 vehicles a day, while the Albert Embankment carries 53,500 vehicles a day, nearly as many as the A1(M) which carries 54,000.

According to TfL, the figures are the "latest in a growing number of statistics which show just how many vehicles are contributing to the congestion of London's roads".

TfL statistics also show that average morning rush hour speeds in central London have dropped below 10mph for the first time since records began, while traffic in inner London now travels at an average 12mph during the morning peak, 20 per cent slower than the 1970s.

But motorists' organisations today accused TfL of using the figures to back its case for congestion charging.

Edmund King, executive director of the RAC Foundation, said: "These figures are not a surprise. Often they reflect the activity of local authorities who have funnelled vehicles onto main roads with traffic calming or Red Routes and this is no bad thing. …

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