Where Are The UK’s Most Congested Motorways?

If you spend a lot of time on the roads for work, you’ll no doubt have local stretches of road that always seem to be congested.

Of course, there are some parts of the country that are worse than others and now the Sun has highlighted the slowest stretches of motorway in the UK, according to figures from the Department for Transport.

In what is probably no surprise to anyone, two stretches of the M25 took the number one and two spots. The slowest is on the northbound carriageway near the A206 junction, where average traffic speed is a slow 25.1 mph.

At 25.4 mph, the northbound stretch near the A2 junction, also on the M25, isn’t much better. One section of the M5 sneaks into the list at number three, with vehicles on the northbound carriageway near the Oldbury Viaduct junction typically moving at just 26.7 mph.

The M5 actually appears in three other slots in the top ten list, while three stretches of the M4 are also cited. The M67 is the only other motorway mentioned in the list.

Spokesman for the RAC Rod Dennis told the newspaper that the roads identified are a mix of some “seemingly permanent bottlenecks” and others that are “likely to be caused by long-term roadworks”.

But he added that these roadworks aren’t always helping the situation once they’re completed. “We have seen evidence that some work to reduce traffic at pinch points on the motorway network has actually had the undesired effect of making congestion even worse, not better,” he said.

Of course, congestion isn’t the only thing you have to worry about if you use commercial van hire in Essex for your business. Avoiding accidents is also essential, but new research has found that bad driving is the main reason for accidents across the UK.

The road type, shift length, sun position and the day of the week were named as the other top factors in many crashes that happen around the country.

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