Traffic on gridlocked local A roads in Birmingham is getting even slower – with average speeds dropping below 18mph in 2018.
New data from the Department for Transport has pinpointed four roads in particular where motorists can expect to travel no quicker than 15mph.
The average speed on all local A roads in Birmingham at all times – not just morning and evening peaks – fell from 18.3mph at the end of 2017 to 17.9mph at the end of 2018.
It is the third year in a row that average speeds have dropped, and means motorists now travel an average of nearly 1mph slower than the 18.7mph they achieved in 2015.
The slowest local A road in our area was the A457 – the Dudley Road – with an average speed of just 13.0mph, down from 13.6mph in 2017.
Traffic on the A41 – which takes in Solihull to Birmingham and West Bromwich and Wolverhampton moved at just 13.4mph (down from 13.6mph in 2017), while on the A435 Hollywood bypass the average speed was 14.1mph (actually a slight rise from 13.9mph).
The A4400 ( the inner ring road or Queensway) had an average speed of 14.6mph.
Only seven out of 19 local A roads in Birmingham saw average speeds increase in 2018 compared to 2017.
They were the A435, the A4400, the A5127, the A441, the A453, the A4097 and the A47.
The A4041 saw the biggest drop in average speed, from 21.7mph in 2017 to 19.1mph in 2018.
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The DfT data is based on annual counts that take place over 24-hour periods on weekdays, weekends and Bank Holidays.
The aim is to produce a robust overall average for all motorists at all times.
Across England, the figures show, average speeds on local A roads dropped from 25.2mph in 2017 to 24.9mph in 2018.
The A road with the slowest overall speed in England in the A400 in Westminster.
The average there is just 4.6mph – barely faster than a human walks.
The A40 in Westminster (5.3mph) was second and the A5204 – again in Westminster – was third at 5.5mph.
Outside London, the slowest A road was the A6042 in Salford, where the average speed was 8.4mph.
The count only includes A roads that are the responsibility of local councils.
Some larger A roads which link cities and motorways are the responsibility of Highways England, and not included in the new data.
Nicholas Lyes, head of roads policy for the RAC, said: “In simple terms, congestion means wasted time and money.
“Drivers, who tell us they are relying more and more on their vehicles, will be accepting of roadworks so long as they genuinely lead to improvements in the reliability of their journeys.
“Unfortunately, one set of cones often disappear only to be replaced by another set close by, leading to inevitable frustration.”
Road // Average speed in 2018 (mph) // change on 2017 (mph)
A457 // 13.0 // -0.6
A41 // 13.4 // -0.2
A435 // 14.1 // 0.2
A4400 // 14.6 // 1.0
A4540 // 15.6 // -0.5
A4040 // 16.6 // -0.2
A5127 // 17.9 // 0.1
A441 // 18.3 // 0.1
A4123 // 18.4 // -1.0
A4041 // 19.1 // -2.6
A452 // 19.4 // -0.3
A34 // 19.7 // -0.1
A456 // 20.2 // -0.6
A38 // 20.9 // -0.1
A45 // 21.4 // -0.3
A453 // 22.0 // 0.6
A454 // 22.8 // -0.6
A4097 // 26.4 // 1.1
A47 // 29.7 // 1.3