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United Kingdom traffic

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Cities (25)

Country RankWorld RankCityTime lost per yearCongestion level 2021Change from 2019Change from 2020
1Edinburgh80 hours
35%
6%
15% less traffic in 2021 vs 2019
3%
9% more traffic in 2021 vs 2020
2London75 hours
33%
5%
13% less traffic in 2021 vs 2019
2%
6% more traffic in 2021 vs 2020
3Hull73 hours
32%
2%
6% less traffic in 2021 vs 2019
4%
14% more traffic in 2021 vs 2020
4Brighton and Hove73 hours
32%
3%
9% less traffic in 2021 vs 2019
4%
14% more traffic in 2021 vs 2020
5Bournemouth64 hours
28%
6%
18% less traffic in 2021 vs 2019
3%
12% more traffic in 2021 vs 2020
6Belfast62 hours
27%
6%
18% less traffic in 2021 vs 2019
2%
8% more traffic in 2021 vs 2020
7Bristol59 hours
26%
7%
21% less traffic in 2021 vs 2019
3%
13% more traffic in 2021 vs 2020
8Leicester57 hours
25%
7%
22% less traffic in 2021 vs 2019
3%
14% more traffic in 2021 vs 2020
9Liverpool57 hours
25%
3%
11% less traffic in 2021 vs 2019
2%
9% more traffic in 2021 vs 2020
10Manchester55 hours
24%
9%
27% less traffic in 2021 vs 2019
2%
9% more traffic in 2021 vs 2020
11Cardiff55 hours
24%
6%
20% less traffic in 2021 vs 2019
3%
14% more traffic in 2021 vs 2020
12Birmingham-Wolverhampton55 hours
24%
4%
14% less traffic in 2021 vs 2019
5%
26% more traffic in 2021 vs 2020
13Portsmouth52 hours
23%
3%
12% less traffic in 2021 vs 2019
1%
5% more traffic in 2021 vs 2020
14Swansea50 hours
22%
4%
15% less traffic in 2021 vs 2019
2%
10% more traffic in 2021 vs 2020
15Newcastle-Sunderland50 hours
22%
3%
12% less traffic in 2021 vs 2019
3%
16% more traffic in 2021 vs 2020
16Nottingham50 hours
22%
5%
19% less traffic in 2021 vs 2019
0%
0% less traffic in 2021 vs 2020
17Glasgow50 hours
22%
3%
12% less traffic in 2021 vs 2019
2%
10% more traffic in 2021 vs 2020
18Sheffield50 hours
22%
6%
21% less traffic in 2021 vs 2019
2%
10% more traffic in 2021 vs 2020
19Leeds-Bradford50 hours
22%
5%
19% less traffic in 2021 vs 2019
3%
16% more traffic in 2021 vs 2020
20Southampton46 hours
20%
13%
39% less traffic in 2021 vs 2019
4%
17% less traffic in 2021 vs 2020
21Preston46 hours
20%
3%
13% less traffic in 2021 vs 2019
4%
25% more traffic in 2021 vs 2020
22Middlesbrough43 hours
19%
1%
5% less traffic in 2021 vs 2019
1%
6% more traffic in 2021 vs 2020
23Stoke-on-Trent39 hours
17%
11%
39% less traffic in 2021 vs 2019
2%
11% less traffic in 2021 vs 2020
24Reading39 hours
17%
15%
47% less traffic in 2021 vs 2019
8%
32% less traffic in 2021 vs 2020
25Coventry39 hours
17%
8%
32% less traffic in 2021 vs 2019
0%
0% less traffic in 2021 vs 2020

Average number of traffic anomalies in 2021

Days with the congestion lower or higher more than two times in comparison with respective days in 2019.

44days
4 days of
high traffic
40 days of
low traffic

Day with the highest traffic congestion

Day with the highest traffic congestion

January
14
Thursday
75%
Reached in
Leeds-Bradford

Changes in congestion level month on month

Explore how congestion changed across the months in 2020 and 2021 when compared to the same month in 2019. Results show the number of cities affected.

increase in congestion
no change in congestion
decrease in congestion
  • 2021 vs 2019
  • 2020 vs 2019

MONTHLY CHANGES IN CITIES

Check how the monthly congestion level changed in 2021 in comparison to 2019.

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increased in 2021
decreased in 2021
Edinburgh
0 months
12 months
London
2 months
10 months
Hull
5 months
7 months
Brighton and Hove
4 months
8 months
Bournemouth
1 months
11 months
Belfast
0 months
12 months
Bristol
0 months
12 months
Leicester
0 months
12 months
Liverpool
0 months
12 months
Manchester
0 months
12 months

Biggest decrease

Biggest increase

WORKING DAYS VS WEEKENDS

What did the traffic look like during the working days and weekends when compared to 2019?

working day
weekend

Shift in rush hours

What were the rush hour timings across different cities from 2019 to 2021? What changed over the years.

1 city
all cities
AM peak
PM peak

Difference in rush hours

How congested was United Kingdom during rush hour throughout 2021 in comparison to 2020 and 2019?

AM peak
PM peak

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