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England’s Most Congested Road Revealed

England’s worst major road for delays is the A2270 in Eastbourne as revealed by Quotezone.co.uk using new data from the Department for Transport.

The A2270 racks up 196.5 seconds in average delays for every mile driven.

Motorists might also want to avoid the A335 in Southampton and parts of the A57 from Liverpool to Lincoln, which clock up over 90 seconds per vehicle per mile (SPVPM).

The figures, based on the Strategic Road Network (SRN), are not all bad news as users of the M6 Toll, A3 from Portsmouth to London and A4 from Bristol to London, can expect delays of less than three SPVPM.

The SRN in England is about 4,300 miles long and is made up of motorways, trunk roads and the most significant ‘A’ roads. Two thirds of all heavy goods vehicle mileage in England is undertaken on the SRN according to Transport Focus.

Greg Wilson, Founder of Quotezone.co.uk, a leading insurance comparison website, comments: “While the major roads generally offer a better flow of traffic, day-to-day use of more minor A roads can be much more of an issue. Even though remote working and new investment in bicycle routes will take some pressure off the roads, it is likely that many motorists will continue to endure delays.” 

“It would be sensible to check car insurance policies have breakdown cover and the premium itself is as competitive as possible by using a comparison website – to help alleviate the rising cost of petrol.”

Only 12 minor A roads out of over 2,000 monitored, had less than 10 SPVPM waits.

Greg Wilson continues: “While the major roads generally offer a better flow of traffic, day-to-day use of more minor A roads can be much more of an issue. Even though remote working and new investment in bicycle routes will take some pressure off the roads, it is likely that many motorists will continue to endure delays.  It would be sensible to check car insurance policies have breakdown cover and the premium itself is as competitive as possible by using a comparison website – to help alleviate the rising cost of petrol.”    

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