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Belfast most congested UK city costing economy £14m: Report

Belfast remains the UK's most congested city costing the local economy an estimated £14m, latest research suggests.

Sat Nav company TomTom says the estimated amount of time a car spends on the roads around Belfast is around 200 hours a year - with drivers losing an estimated 25 working days behind the wheel.

Average journeys are thought to be 43% longer than then should be.

The TomTom Traffic Index puts the overall cost to business and the local economy of Belfast's daily jams at £14m - up from £12m in the previous year.

In London, while the total cost to the economy is thought to be closer to £250m, average journeys are considered to take less time than trying to get around Belfast.

Traffic across the UK had been getting increasingly worse, the research says.

Across the UK, the average journey through a congested city is thought to be around 30% longer and overall almost £1bn is lost each year through traffic congestion.

TomTom said businesses should examine traffic data to determine the best time for travel that suits there needs.

“Traffic remains a serious issue for business and the resulting delays have potential implications for productivity, customer service standards and even employee wellbeing,” said Beverley Wise, director UK and Ireland for TomTom Telematics.

“Unfortunately, congestion levels continue to rise and the UK economy is paying the price for this at a time when the landscape is already challenging enough."

Top 10 most congested cities in UK:

  1. Belfast
  2. Edinburgh
  3. London
  4. Manchester
  5. Brighton and Hove
  6. Bournemouth
  7. Sheffield
  8. Hull
  9. Bristol
  10. Newcastle and Sunderland

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