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Bucks drivers delayed half a minute per mile

Bucks drivers delayed half a minute per mile

Published by Mix96 News at 1:18pm 1st October 2018.

We all know that traffic around Aylesbury can be a real pain, but new stats suggest it could be worse.

According to The Department for Transport, for every mile we drive on a main 'A' road in Bucks, we're delayed by 31 seconds.

So if you're heading from Aylesbury to Tring and back, you need to factor in about an extra 10 minutes for delays.

But if you think that sounds bad, the overall average delay time in England is 47 seconds per mile - that's five minutes more over the same distance.

Queues are being put down to everything from fuel spills and emergency repairs to general congestion at peak times.

The latest statistics, covering 2017, show there has been a rise of 3% on the previous year.

In 2015 delays in England were on average more than two seconds shorter.

All of this impacts speeds on A roads, where England's average is 25mph despite speed limits ranging between 30mph to 70mph on anything from small urban roads to dual carriageways.

In 2017 motorists in Buckinghamshire drove along at 30mph on average.

This was the same average speed as the previous year.

The DfT recently announced it was investing up to £10 million in Street Manager, a programme which will pass on up-to-date information about roadworks to sat-navs and navigation apps.

It will allow local authorities and utility companies to quickly notify users on road closures or delays, by updating Google Maps or Citymapper in real time.

Roads Minister, Jesse Norman, said:

"Roadworks can often be frustrating for motorists, especially when they cause hold-ups at busy times and delay journeys.

"We want to reduce this disruption and delay, and Street Manager is just one of a number of actions we are taking so that local authorities and utility companies can better plan and manage their roadworks.

"The data opened up by this new digital service should enable motorists to plan their journeys better, so they can avoid works and get to their destinations more easily." 

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