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Belfast ranks second worst in UK for traffic jams

"The urban environment does not handle (cars) all that well"

BELFAST has been ranked the second worst city in the UK for traffic jams.

Motorists lost an average of 112 hours stuck in traffic during peak periods last year, according to new research.

Only commuters in London endured more congestion, according to research by traffic analyst Inrix.

Spokesman Trevor Reed said the UK average of 115 hours spent in hold-ups cost the economy £6.9 billion and a typical driver almost £900.

"UK cities are quite a bit older and a lot denser than American cities," he said.

"London is over 2,000 years old.

"When you develop around walking, and horse and buggy, and everything but cars, the urban environment does not handle (cars) all that well."

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