Traffic worsening as time spent in delays rises year on year

PUBLISHED: 10:09 29 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:09 29 September 2018


Ever thought the early-morning commute or the rush-hour tailbacks in an evening are getting longer?

If so, it turns out you could be right as statistics published this week show traffic jams on North Somerset’s roads are getting worse.

Delays have grown by 12 per cent over the past year, according to the Department for Transport (DfT).

They show that for every mile a driver travels in North Somerset, they will be delayed by 29 seconds.

It means even a simple six-mile journey between Clevedon and Portishead would see motorists forced to wait for approximately three minutes in traffic.

The figures relate to data collated by the DfT in 2017.

While delays on the M5 or on the Long Ashton Bypass towards Bristol may feel common, the local picture though is not as bad as it could be however.

Across England, the average delay time is 47 seconds per mile and North Somerset’s drivers were still able to manage an average speed of 30mph, compared with 25mph nationally.

The Government is trying to improve the reliability of software outlining roadworks and delays to try to prevent delays and has announced its Street Manager project to ensure this aim is possible.

Roads Minister, Jesse Norman, said: “Roadworks can often be frustrating for motorists, especially when they cause hold-ups at busy times and delay journeys.

“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.

“The data opened up by this new digital service should enable motorists to plan their journeys better, so they can avoid works and get to their destinations more easily.”

Other News Stories


Trams and light rail are being considered as options to solving Portishead’s long-running railway saga, but the ideas have been slated by North Somerset councillors.

Read more
32 minutes ago

People will get their questions and concerns around policing answered by the area’s Chief Constable.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:43

Parts of the M5 have been closed tonight (Tuesday) because of a significant problem with the road surface.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:00

A flight from Bristol Airport was forced to turn back due to the actions of a ‘disruptive’ passenger.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:59

Two people were rushed to hospital after a car crashed into a Clevedon salon yesterday (Monday) morning.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:46

The following court cases were heard at North Somerset Courthouse from July 19 to August 8.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:00

More sporting facilities will be built in Failand after a school’s plans for a floodlit hockey pitch and tennis courts were approved.

Read more

One of the most senior personnel in North Somerset’s healthcare service has warned a poor Brexit deal could have a ‘disastrous’ impact on services.

Read more
Mon, 13:00

Hundreds of apples were pressed into juice and cider as families enjoyed Nailsea Community Apple Day.

Read more
Mon, 12:04

More firefighters are to be recruited this autumn.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Read the North Somerset Times e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 9°C

Useful Links

Reader Travel

Clevedon Tide report

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

North Somerset Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Find planning applications