Is your commute getting slower? Average speeds in the UK’s major cities revealed for 2017

With average driving speeds falling in some of the UK’s major cities, nightmare commutes could soon become a daily occurrence. Find out if yours could be one of them…

Is this what's waiting for you on your commute?

Is this what’s waiting for you on your commute?

A recent survey by In-car Cleverness revealed London has the slowest average driving speeds in the UK within five miles of the city centre – claiming the top stop for the UK’s worst commute. With an average speed of just 8.34mph in 2017, a decrease of 1.24mph from 2016, future commutes aren’t looking fun for those working in the capital.

Within city limits, a mile of the centre, speeds in London average at a sluggish average of little above 5mph in 2017, a decrease of 1.22mph from 2016.

It’s not only London commuters suffering, Manchester and Edinburgh are also feeling the effects of increasing traffic volumes – Department for Transport data shows that between April 2016 and March 2017, traffic volumes rose by 1.7%.

Driving speeds in the centre of Manchester have fallen by nearly 2mph in just a year, with an average of just over 6mph.

Is your commute getting slower?

Within one mile of the city centre

City 2016 average (mph) 2017 average (mph)
2016 difference (mph)
Birmingham 9.03 8.9 -0.13
London 6.35 5.13 -1.22
Manchester 8.14 6.57 -1.57
Leeds 11.58 11.25 -0.33
Glasgow 8.56 6.82 -1.74
Sheffield 11.04 10.44 -0.59
Bradford 9.48 10.08 0.61
Edinburgh 6.89 6.64 -0.25
Liverpool 8.1 7.34 -0.76
Bristol 8.69 7.73 -0.96

Within five miles of the city centre

Cities 2016 average (mph) 2017 average (mph) 2016 difference (mph)
Birmingham 13.66 12.5 -1.15
London 9.58 8.34 -1.24
Manchester 12.41 12.15 -0.26
Leeds 14.67 15.2 0.53
Glasgow 15.14 15.79 0.65
Sheffield 13.44 13.28 -0.16
Bradford 12.77 12.89 0.12
Edinburgh 12.74 12.38 -0.36
Liverpool 13 13.12 0.12
Bristol 12.87 12.82 -0.05

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