These Are The Slowest Motorways In The UK

Wed 13th Nov 2019

New figures released by the Department of Transport has revealed that some stretches of the UK’s motorway network have an average speed of just 25 miles per hour.

Two separate sections of the M25 northbound have average speeds of 25mph, and with the speeds worked out over 24 hour periods, it is likely that at busy times of the day that speed will be much less.

While the M25 may have the slowest two areas, spare a thought also for those on the M4 and M5, those two motorways between them account for seven of the top ten slowest motorways in England. The most northern motorway on the slowlist is the M67 near junction one which has an average speed of 27.9mph.

Speaking to The Sun Rod Dennis, spokesman for the RAC, said: "As these figures show, drivers will be lucky if they can drive anywhere approaching the national speed limit on some of England’s most congested stretches of motorway.

"While some are notorious and seemingly permanent bottlenecks, others are likely to be caused by long-term roadworks which means drivers will have to hope that journey times will drop when they’re finally lifted.

"Drivers tell us that they are becomingly increasingly dependent on using their cars, so it’s vital that investment in our motorway network is maintained.

"Worryingly for drivers, we have seen evidence that some work to reduce traffic at pinchpoints on the motorway network has actually had the undesired effect of making congestion even worse, not better.

"Clearly, tackling congestion on the UK’s major roads is never a quick or straightforward task, or for that matter, cheap."