Average speeds across key local routes in Lancashire increased last year, with lockdowns leading to less traffic.
The A5073 in Blackpool has been named and shamed as the slowest A road in Lancashire, with traffic moving along at just 13.0mph on average.
The latest data from the Department for Transport shows that average speeds across key local routes in Lancashire increased last year, with lockdowns leading to less traffic.
In Blackpool, average speeds on local A roads – at all times, not just morning and evening peaks – rose from 17.7mph in 2019 to 18.4mph in 2020.
Meanwhile, average speeds increased from 19.6mph to 21.2mph in Blackburn and Darwen, and from 25.6mph to 27.3mph across the rest of Lancashire.
That compared to a national average of 27.3mph across all local A roads in England.
However, some A roads in Lancashire see traffic go much slower – with the A5073 the worst of all.
With average speeds of 13.0mph, the road typically sees delays of nearly two minutes for every mile spent on the road.
It means for every 10 miles spent in typical levels of congestion on the road, you’ll see an extra 19 minutes and 28 seconds added onto your journey, compared to if there was no traffic at all.
In comparison, the A65 in the wider Lancashire county is much quicker, with traffic moving at 43.6mph on average – with congestion only adding on one minute and 39 seconds every 10 miles.
The DfT data is based on annual counts that take place over 24-hour periods on weekdays, weekends and Bank Holidays, with the aim of producing a robust overall average for all motorists at all times.
They show that across England, average speeds on local A roads increased from 25.3mph in 2019 to 27.3mph last year.
Now that restrictions have eased and cars are returning to the roads once more, we’re likely to see these improvements reverse when the data for 2021 is published next year.
The slowest A road in the country was the A4201 in Westminster, London, where the average speed was just 6.5mph – adding an extra 50 minutes onto a journey of just 10 miles.
Outside London, the slowest A road was the A3039 in Bath and North East Somerset, where the average speed was 9.7mph, causing average delays of nearly 27 minutes every 10 miles.
These particular figures only include A roads that are the responsibility of local councils.
Separate figures cover some larger A roads that link cities and motorways, which are the responsibility of Highways England. These roads are typically much faster.