Average motorist wastes five days and spends £1,000 per year sitting in traffic, report finds

Councils urged to combat traffic through encouraging cycling and other forms of sustainable transport

With the average motorist spending nearly a week each year stuck in traffic, congestion on Britain's roads could cost the economy £300 billion per year by 2030, a report has found

Analysis by the Local Government Association (LGA) found that worsening congestion meant that motorists are wasting on average £968 per year while sitting in stationary traffic, a problem that could only get worse with traffic levels expected to increase by 55 per cent by 2040 if local councils do not have an effective congestion strategy.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.