One of the slow­est A roads in Eng­land

9.6mph on av­er­age dur­ing morn­ing rush-hour

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­

Wed­dings at Chiltern Open Air Mu­seum DRIV­ERS in Den­ham have to con­tend with one of the slow­est stretches of road in Eng­land dur­ing rush hour.

Ac­cord­ing to statis­tics from the Depart­ment for Trans­port, the A4020 south­bound, from the Den­ham round­about to­wards Uxbridge, is one of the slow­est A roads in the coun­try.

The av­er­age speed of ve­hi­cles there dur­ing peak week­day morn­ing times dur­ing June this year was 9.6mph – the slow­est in Buck­ing­hamshire.

That puts it in the slow­est four per cent in the coun­try, and it has got worse since speeds were last mon­i­tored 2008, when driv­ers av­er­aged 11.6mph.

Paul Stevens of Thames Hire Ser­vices, which is based in the road, said: “In the morn­ing, head­ing into Uxbridge can take a long time.

“I would say it prob­a­bly takes about 20 min­utes to do this sec­tion of road, which is about a mile.

“You’ve got two lanes go­ing down into one, and then two sets of traf­fic lights to get through so it’s very slow.”

He added: “In the evenings it’s okay and if you avoid the peak time in the morn­ing it’s fine, but if you’re here at the wrong time it will re­ally slow you down.”

At the other end of the scale, the A416 north­bound, which links Che­sham with Berkham­sted, has the fastest av­er­age speed in the county, where ve­hi­cles can ex­pect to travel at about 46mph dur­ing rush hour. The 20 streets with the slow­est av­er­age speeds in the UK are all in London, while the av­er­age speed on all A roads in the coun­try was 24.6mph.

Do you know a road in Bucks which is even slower? Tell us your rush hour night­mare roads. Email us at buck­snews@ trin­i­ or call the news­desk on 01895 451 034

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