Congestion on the UK’s major motorways and trunk roads has dropped by almost one third in two years due to the effects of the recession.
These are the findings of a new AA and Trafficmaster report, which polled 75,000 motorists. It is the first decline in congestion on these roads in 20 years.
The fall has been down to people losing their jobs or choosing to work from home in order to save money, but traffic on bank-holidays and Fridays has increased as more people are choosing to take their holidays in the UK rather than abroad.
The AA and Trafficmaster have warned motorists that congestion will rise again as the economy recovers and more people find employment.
Georgina Read from Trafficmaster said: “We’ve been collecting and analysing congestion data for the past 20 years, with all previous years up to 2007 showing the congestion problem growing. However, post credit crunch, the trend has been well and truly broken and we’ve now witnessed two consecutive years of dramatically falling congestion levels.”