Motorists blame council for rush hour traffic figures

Morning rush hour traffic in Lancaster travelling across Skerton Bridge.
Morning rush hour traffic in Lancaster travelling across Skerton Bridge.

Bad traffic management is to blame for Lancaster’s position as the second most congested city in the UK, say motorists.

New figures show the city’s rush hour traffic is the second slowest in the country. Only Westminster in central London has slower average speeds during peak times than Lancaster, according to analysis by Direct Line Drive Plus.

Average rush hour speeds for Lancaster have been charted at 10.88mph.

Residents took to the Lancaster Guardian’s website to comment on the findings.

A6M Zero said: “There are so many faults with Lancasters traffic system it’s hard to know where to begin...”

Lancaster by Knight said: “More roads are needed in the area for those who prefer to travel by car and pay extra taxes to do so.”

While StubCrouch said: “The thing about Lancaster’s traffic though is that generally the rush hour is just that. In many other parts of the country the traffic congestion is near permanent. We have to realise sooner or later that the problem is bad traffic management and too many cars on the road.”

Sim Lane-Dixon, Lancashire County Council highways manager for Lancaster, said the city’s traffic network is now at capacity meaning any problems are amplified and can cause substantial delays.

“While the main purpose of the Heysham to M6 Link road is not to alleviate city centre traffic, its completion in 2016 will bring significant relief to congestion and pollution within residential and Air Quality Management areas near the gyratory,” he said.

“For example, parts of the A683 are predicted to experience a reduction in traffic above 21 per cent, and journey times between the Morecambe Road roundabout and M6 J34 are expected to reduce by as much as 56 per cent eastbound (morning peak) and 64 per cent westbound (evening peak).”