MOTORISTS spend an incredible 32 hours a year stuck in traffic on a five-mile stretch of road in Edinburgh which has been revealed as the most congested in Scotland.
The stretch of the A8 Corstorphine Road was also today revealed as being the second worst across the whole of the UK – outside of London – while a four-mile section of the city bypass, linking Musselburgh services and Wester Hailes, is ranked sixth in the gridlock black list.
The league table compiled by traffic information firm INRIX, whose data is used for car satnav systems, identifies the M6 at Birmingham as the UK’s worst for tailbacks.
Drivers on Corstorphine Road face being stuck in traffic for of 32 hours a year on average and 23 hours annually along the City Bypass.
Traffic jams along the A8 – between Princes Street and Maybury Road – are most likely at 5.15pm each day, the study shows, while drivers on the A720 can expect to face delays at 10.27am.
London motorists can waste up to 82 hours per year in traffic jams. Of the 25 most congested cities in Europe, London ranked second to Brussels, where the average motorist spends 83 hours a year stuck in traffic.
AA spokesman Luke Bosdet said: “The gridlock is down to the failure of the authorities to improve the flow of traffic.
“Drivers are cutting back on their journeys because of the high cost of fuel, but there are still traffic jams, so they face a penalty in terms of losing time and, potentially, money.”
On average, UK drivers spent a total of 30 hours in traffic congestion in 2013 – one hour more than in 2012.
A Transport Scotland spokesman said: “Since 2007, we have invested over £2.6 billion to maintain and improve our trunk roads and motorways in Scotland with a further £700 million committed for trunk road investment this year alone. Over £108m of this has been invested specifically to maintain and improve the M8, with a further £6.6m earmarked for this purpose this financial year.
“More widely, we have only in recent days, concluded a £500m deal which will see the remaining 10km of the key route between Glasgow and Edinburgh upgaded to full motorway standard.
“When finished, this will reduce journey times along the M8 by around 20 minutes in peak periods, improve road safety, free up more road space, and the road infrastructure developed to support sustainable transport initiatives.”
Inrix president and chief executive Bryan Mistele said there was a postive upshot from the figures. He said: “While bad news for drivers, the rises in traffic congestion in Europe are signs of a slowly recovering economy.”