Top 10 worst UK traffic bottlenecks

Published on 24 March 2016 by Tom Wadlow

In analyzing and ranking the worst traffic bottlenecks across the country, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow dominate the rankings in commuting nightmares.

However, the worst traffic bottleneck in the U.K. is a 1.24 mile stretch of the M5 heading toward Birmingham up to Junction 8 at the M6, which was congested 63 hours a week in 2009/10, with an average speed below 15 mph when congested.

If you happen to be driving on the M5 into town on a Friday from 17:00 to 18:00 you could conceivably ride your bike faster than your car can take you to work, with an average speed of only 8 mph during congested periods. 

According to the report by INRIX, the Top 10 Worst U.K. Traffic Bottlenecks are:

  1. Birmingham: The M5 heading toward Birmingham at the M6
  2. London: The Blackwall Tunnel Approach at Blackwall Lane
  3. London: Canterbury Way heading toward the QueenElizabethIIBridge at the M25
  4. Newcastle upon Tyne: The A19 at the Tyne Tunnel North Approach
  5. London: Canterbury Way heading toward Purfleet at the M25
  6. London: The M25 headed toward Rickmansworth at the J19
  7. Glasgow: The M8 heading toward KingstonBridge at the J22
  8. London: The M25 heading toward Dartford at the J1B
  9. Glasgow: The M8 heading toward KingstonBridge at the J20
  10. Glasgow: The M8 heading toward Seaward at the J21

Click here to see the top 8 most congested UK cities.