Roads in the Leeds-Bradford area are still the most congested in Britain – with drivers spending 80 hours a year stuck in jams, a new report shows.
The latest study into traffic times by satellite navigation firm TomTom shows that motorists in Leeds face a delay of 32 minutes for every hour driven during peak periods.
The study, which analysed congestion during the second quarter of 2012, shows that traffic in the conurbation increases journey times by an average of 27 per cent – and 52 per cent during the morning rush hour.
The most congested day in Leeds in the second quarter of this year was June 22, with the jams caused by rain storms.
TomTom’s quarterly congestion index, which involves the monitoring of millions of journeys a year to compare the percentage change between non-peak times and rush hour, shows that Istanbul is the most congested city in Europe.
Leeds ranks at 17th on the list of 60 European cities, with London the only other British city to appear in the top 20.
Warsaw, Marseille and Rome also appear in the top five.