Buses in central London move slower than a horse and cart (no durr)

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Buses in central London move slower than a horse and cart (no durr)

It’s official: London buses are slower than a horse and cart (Picture: Getty Images)

In today’s not really all that surprising news, London buses have been found to move slower than a horse and cart.

If you have to cross the capital you’re actually might as well take Shank’s pony.

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A new analysis found that road traffic congestion in Britain has risen by 40 per cent in the last four years.

But city people are suffering the most with buses slower than the ancient horse and cart mode of transportation – and in some areas, barely outpacing pedestrians.

And just to rub it in,  the average speed of buses on the busiest London roads was just 3.8mph, while the average walking speed of an adult is 3.1mph.

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In some part of London, buses move at an average speed of 3.8mph (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)

Conducted by traffic information company Inrix, for the Sunday Times, the study looked at 18 urban areas across Britain – and its findings show everything is getting worse.

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Drivers are now spending an average of 12.4 more hours per year stuck in rush-hour traffic than in 2012.

In London, that figure jumped from 72 hours per year in 2012 to 101 hours this year.

And the main cause of all this is down to an increase in delivery vans for online shopping and new cycle lanes.

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Garrett Emmerson, TfL’s Chief Operating Officer for Surface Transport, told Metro.co.uk: ‘There are a number of factors behind the levels of congestion. London’s success means that we are seeing rising levels of construction traffic, private hire vehicles and internet deliveries, alongside the essential work to improve the safety of our roads.

“We are making the most efficient use of our limited space by encouraging walking, cycling, public transport and essential traffic, and will continue to do this to ensure our roads benefit all Londoners.’

Are there plans to make things better?

Yes, but you might be waiting a while.

Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced reforms to congestion charges, aimed at reducing congestion and improving air quality.

And the mayor’s London Infrastructure Plan 2050 will look at the feasibility of road tunnels, ‘fly-unders’ and ‘decking over’ sections of the road.