Mo­torists given a slow start in rush hour on A roads

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

MO­TORISTS us­ing an A road in Hilling­don can be for­given for be­moan­ing the slow speed they are forced to adopt.

Driv­ers on the A4007 east­bound are clock­ing up an av­er­age speed of just 5.7mph dur­ing the morn­ing rush hour.

But spare a thought for those on the A400 north­bound in Westminster where traf­fic crawled along at an av­er­age speed of 3.8mph.

The fig­ures re­leased by the Depart­ment for Trans­port show the av­er­age speed dur­ing the morn­ing com­mute for each west Lon­don bor­ough in June this year.

The sec­ond slow­est stretch of road in the area is the east­bound por­tion of the A306, in Ham­mer­smith & Ful­ham, where morn­ing speeds only reach 4.6mph on av­er­age, while in third place is the A4007 east­bound, in Hilling­don.

The fig­ures are down on the same time last year, mean­ing the cap­i­tal’s roads are get­ting more and more con­gested.

The roads mak­ing up the Top 10 Roads to Hell are dom­i­nated by Westminster and H&F highways, with the two bor­oughs ac­count­ing for eight of the en­tries.

At the other end of the scale, the quick­est A road dur­ing rush hour in west Lon­don is the A40 west­bound, in Kens­ing­ton & Chelsea, where av­er­age rush-hour speeds reach a rapid 42.2mph.

The slow­est stretch of A road in the whole of Eng­land is the A407 west­bound, in Bar­net – just over the bor­der from Har­row – where cars trav­elled slower than walk­ing pace, at an av­er­age of 2.8mph, dur­ing morn­ing rush hour in June.

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