ENTERTAINMENT

Chock-a-blockdown! London's roads are coming to a standstill and rush hour traffic is 34% higher than in 2019


Rush hour traffic skyrocketed the night before the UK's impending crash.

In London, the congestion rate tonight is 102 percent, an increase of 34 percent from the average for this time of year.

There are currently 2624 traffic jams in the capital, stretching a total of 1205 miles.

It only takes a few hours for the country's second national lockdown to begin, suggesting people are desperate to leave the city and return home.

According to TomTom, similar levels can be seen in Birmingham, where congestion rates are 71 percent – four percentage points higher than expected at this time of the year.

Liverpool congestion has also increased four percent, with the congestion records at 59 percent.

Around 10 million people in the Northwest and Midlands are already in the third stage, which bans socializing with other households and orders pubs to be closed unless they serve extensive meals. Another 20 million are under the second largest bracket, which prohibits people from meeting friends and family indoors.

The congestion rate in London this evening is 102 percent (picture Regent Street), which corresponds to an increase of 34 percent compared to the average level at this time of the year

There are currently 2624 traffic jams in the capital (picture Regent Street), which extend over a total of 1939 km

There are currently 2624 traffic jams in the capital (picture Regent Street), which extend over a total of 1939 km

Traffic in Manchester has increased six percentage points to 55 percent, while traffic congestion in Leeds has increased 17 percent to 54 percent.

Congestion rates in Newcastle have increased by up to 60 percent – 34 percent higher than expected at this time of the year.

And although Sheffield's congestion rate is 47 percent, it's still 17 percent higher than usual for this time of year.

Boris Johnson's second lockdown is set to last four weeks and end on December 2nd – a date the prime minister has promised won't change.

He has advised workers to do their work from home whenever possible, and it appears that anyone commuting to town has one final trip home for the next month.

Pictured is a map showing traffic jams in London during rush hour this evening

Pictured is a map showing traffic jams in London during rush hour this evening

Johnson said today that the new lockdown, due to go into effect just after midnight tonight and end on December 2, would not continue thereafter.

In his pre-recorded speech of around seven minutes, Brexit was not mentioned despite the end of the transition period in less than two months.

Speaking from Downing Street, the Prime Minister said, “I apologize to everyone who is experiencing the frustrations and nightmare of the Covid world.

“I know how difficult it has been for you and I am full of admiration for the determination you have shown to weather this crisis.

"I would like to thank you for the heroic efforts you have made to look after your employees, to make your premises Covid-proof, to install Plexiglas screens, and for all the difficulties you have taken in complying with the dictations I used I never thought that we should have to impose something which I assure you is completely contrary to any free market instinct I have.

"And believe me, we will end these fall measures on December 2nd when they expire."

Degree of congestion in London in the last 48 hours

Degree of congestion in London in the last 48 hours

Degree of congestion in Liverpool in the last 48 hours

Degree of congestion in Liverpool in the last 48 hours

Birmingham congestion level in the past 48 hours

Birmingham congestion level in the past 48 hours

Degree of congestion in Manchester in the last 48 hours

Degree of congestion in Manchester in the past 48 hours

Degree of congestion in Sheffield in the past 48 hours

Degree of congestion in Sheffield in the past 48 hours

Degree of congestion in Leeds in the past 48 hours

Degree of congestion in Leeds in the past 48 hours

UK Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty yesterday raised hopes that the second lockdown could be over by Christmas when he said there was a "realistic possibility" that the measures could be lifted on December 2nd.

During a MEPs barbecue yesterday before today's vote, he argued that there was a good chance that England was "in a different state". And he said the goal was "to get into a number of levels" at the end of this period.

But he admitted that number 10 would have to consider adopting other rules to "suit the situation we see ourselves in at the end of this month".

When asked if the new lockdown, which comes into effect tomorrow, would work, Professor Whitty told MPs on the Science and Technology Selection Board: “If people do what I expected, R will be under one down … it will make a world of difference. & # 39;

The prime minister sent a briefly taped video message to the CBI conference this morning after being forced to cancel a scheduled Monday slot after his plans for a four-week shutdown were leaked

The Prime Minister sent a short pre-recorded video message to the CBI conference this morning after he was forced to cancel a scheduled Monday slot after his plans for a four-week shutdown were leaked

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps admits that too many new bike lanes are "unused" and the roads are "busy"

Grant Shapps has found "unused" bike lanes clogging traffic and has accused some town halls of misusing specialty funds for "green" transportation.

The transport minister said he was "unwilling to tolerate poorly designed road closures" that resulted in traffic being "secured".

He also unleashed his anger on new bike lanes that are imposing "profound changes" on entire communities.

Last month, pictures taken across the country showed bike lanes that were empty or nearly empty as traffic passed on narrow streets.

Research by MailOnline in London, where Transport for London runs its own £ 33 million program, showed that on Park Lane in Mayfair, only 21 cyclists were using the bike path when 400 cars passed.

Mr Shapps' comments in a letter sent to local councils last week come despite the fact that many of the bike paths were built with money from a £ 250m emergency fund he revealed in May.

More will follow.

(tagsToTranslate) Dailymail (t) Nachrichten (t) Coronavirus Lockdowns (t) London