Four million minutes were lost to congestion in Hammersmith & Fulham last year, but things are looking up.
That was a 14% improvement on the previous year, the best by any London Borough. This also made Hammersmith & Fulham, previously London’s most congested borough, no longer the holder of that title, with motorists in the City of London spending 4.4m minutes in jams according to new 2009-2010 figures released by Transport for London.
LBHF in fact was the most improved across London for cutting journey times between 10am and 4pm – with an 18% improvement, and it was one of the best during the evening rush hour too – with a reduction of almost 9%. Morning rush hour times have also fallen by 13.4%, with the average delay over half a mile having been reduced to 50 seconds.
The news has been welcomed by H&F Council’s deputy leader Cllr Nick Botterill, who has been fronting transport campaign ‘Get H&F Moving’, championing the cause of drivers and trying to free up the borough’s road network.
He said: “This is real progress. We have been working solidly over the past few years, making enhancements to our road network that have helped to clear congestion in the borough.
“This includes the scrapping of the congestion charge’s western extension zone last December. We have also made changes to road layout, removed unnecessary street clutter and speed bumps, and come down heavily on utility companies whose road works overrun.”
LBHF is still the second worst borough for delays with motorists still losing 4m minutes – or 66,849 hours – every year, sitting in tailbacks, but at least those delays are reducing.
Cllr Botterill added: “We still have more to do, in particular on major north-south routes, but projects such as the new Fulham Palace Road slip-road will continue to reduce traffic congestion further in the not-too-distant future, freeing up our roads and getting the borough moving.”