M25 takes the title as UK’s slowest motorwayMon, 17/04/2017
London has a reputation for being a city that struggles with heavy traffic, so it comes as no surprise that the M25 has taken the titles as the UK’s slowest motorway.
Jack Evans, Yahoo! News, reports:
The M25 has come out on top as the UK’s slowest motorway in a recent survey.
The 242-mile stretch of motorway – 120 miles clockwise and 122 miles anti-clockwise – beat key routes such as the M3 and M4 to the title, with an average speed of 25.05mph
The findings were made after analysing data from 527,000 vehicles over the period of a year. The report was compiled by vehicle tracking company Satrak.
Despite being a key component of the UK’s motorway network, the M25 returned average speeds of just 25.05mph – nearly 5mph slower than the next highway on the list, the M4.
Dan Walton, MD of Satrak Vehicle Tracking, said: “It’s little surprise to find that the M25 is in fact the slowest motorway. We undertake work throughout the country and usually find the M25 to be the most cumbersome, and our data provides evidence for that.
“I’ve heard of tailbacks stretching 12 miles in my time there so it’s of little surprise to me.”
At this average speed, it would take a vehicle nearly five hours to travel just 117 miles – the same as the flight time of a plane travelling to Turkey or Greece.
A spokesperson for Highways England responded to the findings, telling the Press Association: “The M25 is one of the busiest motorways in the country – drivers travelled 5.7 billion miles on the M25 last year, more than 15 million miles every day.
“We know roads play a vital role in keeping the country moving. We are delivering £15 billion of Government investment – the biggest in a generation – to help cut congestion and improve journeys on England’s Strategic Road Network. This includes upgrading sections of the M25 to smart motorway, where we have seen journey time reliability improve and a reduction in the rate of collisions.
“We are also committed to responding promptly when incidents do occur and have a target that at least 85% of all motorway incidents should be cleared within one hour.”
Higher levels of traffic means driving speeds are reduced, and unfortunately the risk of accidents increase. This means the M25 isn’t the best choice if you’re looking for minimal delays, but then, we knew that already!