Morn­ing rush hour is get­ting slower

Low­est av­er­age speed of 3.7mph

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Pa­trick Scott Salina Pa­tel­tel@trin­i­tymir­

COM­MUTES west Lon­don are get­ting slower with speeds on some roads forc­ing mo­torists to crawl through traf­fic.

Fig­ures from the Depart­ment for Trans­port (DfT) re­vealed some roads, par­tic­u­larly in Ham­mer­smith and Ful­ham and Houn­slow, saw speeds down by more than 30% since last year.

The worst cul­prit was the A217 south­bound in Ham­mer­smith and Ful­ham dur­ing the morn­ing rush hour which saw the big­gest de­cline to speeds of just 7mph on av­er­age in the 12 months to Septem­ber 2015 – a whop­ping drop of 35.8% com­pared to 10.9mph in the year to Septem­ber 2014.

The next big­gest drop was the A406 south­bound in Houn­slow where speeds

in were down by 32.4% to just to 11.5mph, year-onyear. The av­er­age speed on west Lon­don’s A roads dur­ing rush hour was 14.6mph in the year to Septem­ber 2015 – a slight de­crease on the av­er­age of 15.2mph for the pre­vi­ous year.

The DfT data also showed the 10 slow­est A roads in west Lon­don dur­ing rush hour over the same 12 month pe­riod saw mo­torists trav­el­ling at slug­gish speeds be­tween 3.7mph to 6.8mph.

The worst of­fend­ers were the A400 north­bound in West­min­ster where av­er­age speeds reached just 3.7mph, fol­lowed by the A306 east­bound in Ham­mer­smith and Ful­ham at 4.5mph and the A4007 east­bound in Hilling­don at 5.4mph.

In year end­ing Septem­ber 2015, av­er­age speeds on A roads in Eng­land dur­ing the week­day morn­ing peak were 23.6mph.

The DfT said the fall in av­er­age speeds ob­served in re­cent years is likely to be partly due to in­creases in traf­fic lev­els on the A road net­work over the same pe­riod and that in­ter­mit­tent pe­ri­ods of high rain­fall may also help to ex­plain some of the ob­served de­creases in speed.

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