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'Leeds' congestion is not in Leeds February 13, 2019

Top ten congested roads cited to be in Leeds are actually in Bradford and Kirklees West Yorkshire has two of the most congested roads in the UK according to a report by data intelligence and analytics company Inrix Inc., but the roads are cited to be in Leeds when they are actually in the City of Bradford and Kirklees metropolitan districts.

The A657 at Shipley, near Bradford, is part of the Leeds Road/Saltaire Road route now increasingly heavily used by traffic from Airedale heading to jobs relocated in Leeds rather than in Bradford The A62 Leeds Road in Huddersfield which joins the A644 Huddersfield Road to reach Dewsbury In the report on the UK's most congested roads Leeds Road/Saltaire Road between Saltaire and  Greengates is the fourth most congested in the country offering a yearly total of 44 hours of delays. The section of road is entirely in the City of Bradford metropolitan district.

The report also sets Huddersfield Road/Leeds Road, between Dewsbury and Huddersfield, as the ninth most congested in the UK, offering 40 hours of delays annually. The roads are entirely in the Huddersfield-based Kirklees metropolitan district.

Based on its findings and geography, Inrix Inc. ranks Leeds ninth among urban areas for congestion, although none of the top 15 most congested roads are actually in the Leeds metropolitan district. Sheffield is placed seventh as a congested area, but again without any roads in the Sheffield metropolitan district falling within the top 15.

Inrix says congestion cost the UK economy nearly £8 billion in 2018. Trevor Reed, transportation analyst at Inrix, said: "Congestion costs Brits billions of pounds each year. Unaddressed, it will continue to have serious consequences for national and local economies, businesses and citizens in the years to come."


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