British motorists spend 28 hours a year stuck in their cars due to delays caused by roadworks - and the problem isn't going away any time soon, according to new figures from LV= Road Rescue.
According to insurer's road rescue service - who sourced data from councils via Freedom of Information requests - the gross number of live roadwork projects has remained drastically high, despite ever greater spending by local authorities.
Investment in road maintenance works is up 12% compared to last year , with councils across the UK spending almost £8million each on an average of 4,134 roadworks projects .
Yet well over half of drivers (57%) feel the quality of roads in their area is actually declining, while more than four in 10 (43%) do not think roadworks are completed quickly enough .
LV= Roadside Rescue's research shows that encountering roadworks adds nearly 17 minutes to the average car journey. With British drivers likely to have 100 journeys per year affected, this means that motorists are being forced to spend an average of 28 extra hours in their cars per year .
And these delays have serious consequences. A third of drivers (33%) have been late for work because of roadworks, over a quarter (28%) have got lost due to diverted routes, and one in five (21%) have missed a doctor's appointment. A further 11% have had an argument with a loved one because of roadwork delays, while one in 12 (8%) have been late for occasions like weddings and birthdays.
This results in nearly half of motorists (47%) complaining to their family and friends, a quarter (23%) complaining to work colleagues and one in 12 (8%) taking to social media to vent their anger regarding the problems encountered. Only one in nine (11%) have complained to the relevant local authorities.
Delays caused due to roadworks are highest in the North West, where drivers polled reported encountering roadworks, on average, 12 times per month (144 times per year), with average delays of nearly 20 minutes. This all adds up, and sees them lose a massive 47 hours and 47 minutes per year - almost two days of time. (See Table 1)
|Rank||Region||Times per year hit by roadworks||Average traffic delay||Total time lost per year|
|1||North West||114||19mins 55secs||47hrs 47mins|
|2||North East||142||17mins 11secs||40hrs 41mins|
|3||London||78||27mins 32secs||35hrs 47mins|
|4||West Midlands||104||19mins 14secs||33hrs 20mins|
|5||East Midlands||110||17mins 23secs||31hrs 52mins
|British Average||100||16mins 55secs||28hrs 12mins|
|6||South East||96||16mins 14secs||25hrs 58mins
|7||Yorkshire & The Humber||97||14mins 31secs||23hrs 28mins|
|8||East of England||95||13mins 29secs||21hrs 22mins|
|9||Wales||84||14mins 59secs||20hrs 58mins|
|10||Scotland||86||12mins 43secs||18hrs 13mins|
|11||South West||81||12mins 01 secs||16hrs 14mins|
Selwyn Fernandes, Managing Director of LV= Road Rescue, comments:
"It's astonishing how 10 minutes here and 20 minutes there can add up to such a phenomenal amount of time lost by drivers when they regularly encounter roadworks. Delays and diversions not only add time to a journey, but also have a negative impact on drivers' mentalities, as well as increasing wear and tear on vehicles if they are constantly stopping and starting.
"We would urge drivers to plan ahead as much as possible, to allow a bit of extra time for journeys, and to have cover and a safety net for any breakdowns."