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Drivers delayed two minutes for every five miles on Norfolk roads

PUBLISHED: 13:10 22 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:10 22 September 2018

Traffic queues on the A47 approaching the hardwick Roundabout, in King's lynn. Picture: Chris Bishop

Traffic queues on the A47 approaching the hardwick Roundabout, in King's lynn. Picture: Chris Bishop

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Drivers are being delayed two minutes for every five miles on Norfolk roads, new figures have revealed.

Figures released by the Department for Transport reveal how many seconds drivers will spend at a standstill for every mile they travel on a Norfolk A road.

The data shows that for every mile on one of the main roads across the area a car will be delayed by 29 seconds.

So for a daily commute of five miles a driver should add around two minutes to the journey to get to work on time. Anyone travelling 20 miles, for instance from Great Yarmouth to Norwich, can expect a delay of around 10 minutes.

Drivers travelling from Loddon to King’s Lynn, which is roughly 55 miles on the A146 and A47 should expect delays of more than 20 minutes.

The latest statistics, covering 2017, show there has been a rise of 5pc in delays on the previous year.

And while Norfolk’s drivers may get furious about traffic jams, they are actually delayed less than the majority of England.

England overall has an average delay time of 47 seconds per mile. Queues can be caused by anything from fuel spills, emergency repairs and broken down lorries, to congestion during peak times.

And the figures show that traffic jams, one of Britain’s least popular national pastimes, are getting worse.

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 Norfolk drove along at 31mph on average, slower than 2016 by 1pc.

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.

“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.”

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