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UK jams have got worse over the last year according to a traffic study.

The fifth annual Traffic Index from TomTom showed that average journeys in 2014 took 29% longer than they would in free-flowing traffic – up from a 27% delay in 2013.

Traffic jams in 14 out of Britain’s 17 biggest cities have got worse over the past 12 months.  The only city where congestion has improved is Bristol – for the second year running.

The TomTom Traffic Index said Belfast was the most congested city in the UK, with journey times 39% slower than free-flow traffic throughout the day – peaking at 82% longer in both the morning and evening rush hours.

London came second with journey times 37% slower, rising to 67% in the evening peak.  The Scottish capital Edinburgh was the third most congested city, with travel taking 36% longer on average and 71% longer in the evening rush hour.

The analysis of 12trn pieces of traffic data worldwide revealed that the evening rush hour is the most congested time of day.

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In 2014, a typical UK city commuter with a 30 minute drive home spent an extra 66 hours stuck in traffic than they would have done on a free-flowing road.

Added to the 63 hours stuck in morning traffic, that’s 129 hours wasted in a year according to the study.

Nearly every city can expect to double its congestion level during the evening peak, compared with the rest of the day.

“Road authorities and local governments can use traffic data to better manage traffic flow and businesses can plan smarter working hours, so their employees avoid travelling during rush hour,” said Ralf-Peter Schaefer, vice-president, TomTom Traffic.