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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8240510.stm

Congestion in the UK has dropped by almost a third in two years because of the recession, according to research.

The report, by the AA and road information company Trafficmaster, shows the first fall in congestion on motorways and trunk roads for 20 years.

It says the drop is due to rising unemployment and more people saving money by working from home.

However, it says, Fridays have seen a rise in congestion with more taking holidays in the UK instead of abroad.

End-of-term traffic and bank holiday traffic have also increased, according to the report, which was based on five years of information gathered by Trafficmaster and an AA/Populus poll of 75,000 drivers.

The AA warns congestion will rise once more as the economy bounces back.

The report found:

* A quarter of commuters who have lost jobs did so in the last year, contributing to a 15% fall in rush hour congestion

* 20% of commuters said hard times made them work from home to save on travel costs

* 14% opted for public transport and 12% shared cars to save money.

Georgina Read, of Trafficmaster, said: "We've been collecting analysing data for the past 20 years, with all previous years showing the congestion problem growing.

"However, post-credit crunch, the trend has been well and truly broken and we've now witnessed two consecutive years of dramatically falling congestion levels."

The AA's president Edmund King said: "The report brings both good news and bad news.

"Congestion is falling, but that is due to the recession, fuel prices and unemployment."

Mr King continued: "The motor vehicle is an integral part of British culture we rely on - whether getting to work, taking the kids to school or delivering goods.

So when more people work congestion increases. Genius.

The other point missed in the piece, is that if congestion has fallen so have tax receipts from drivers. If people aren't sat burning fuel in traffic jams the Treasury is losing huge amounts of money. If people can travel more efficiently the cars use less fuel meaning less tax.

This report is clearly a nightmare for govt as it highlights a massive loss of tax revenues, that I doubt has been made up by the price increases.

Thank god for the inelasticity of demand in petrol.

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So when more people work congestion increases. Genius.

The other point missed in the piece, is that if congestion has fallen so have tax receipts from drivers. If people aren't sat burning fuel in traffic jams the Treasury is losing huge amounts of money. If people can travel more efficiently the cars use less fuel meaning less tax.

This report is clearly a nightmare for govt as it highlights a massive loss of tax revenues, that I doubt has been made up by the price increases.

Thank god for the inelasticity of demand in petrol.

So the "Congestion Charge" didn't do it then?

Wow, woddasurprise. <_<

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Not if the queue's I experienced yesterday were anything to go by (Angel Islington). There was a time when you could get about on a Sunday.

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smaller cars mean more road space.

vivre le cinquecento!

Indeed. When they sort out the rear suspension (rumoured for the 2010 make-over) I'm going to get one. 1.2 petrol, in black.

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