Drivers spend up to ‘three days’ in queues

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Sheffield has been ranked one of Britain’s most congested cities with motorists wasting more than three days a year in jams.

According to sat nav company Tom Tom, overall travel times in the city were 21.7 per cent longer than average free-flowing conditions.

Sheffield is ranked ninth-worst in the country, with travel times 45 per cent longer than free flow and 58 per cent longer in the evening.

Drivers face a delay of 30 minutes for every hour they drive in peak periods, Tom Tom said.

And motorists with a half-hour commute are wasting 76 hours a year stuck in traffic jams.

Worst days of the week are Tuesday mornings and Thursday evenings.

Tom Tom added that Sheffield is one of 11 Britain’s biggest cities where hold-ups have got worse in the past year.

Cities where congestion has risen since this time last year also include Belfast, Brighton, London, Manchester, Leicester, Liverpool and Newcastle.

Congestion has eased only in Edinburgh, Leeds-Bradford and Nottingham. I

n others cities such as Bristol, Birmingham and Glasgow congestion has remained about the same.