The cities where the jams are worse than the UK
Fed up with congestion where you live? Is the traffic lousy in Liverpool, a nuisance in Newcastle and problematic in Portsmouth?

Well, that might indeed be the case. But if you think it's bad here, try driving in Istanbul, Warsaw or Marseille. These cities have the most congested streets in Europe, new research shows.


And while it can be tough getting from A to B in some British cities, they are much better than many other rush-hour hotspots across the continent, says the report.

The combination of sky-high petrol prices and traffic measures such as the congestion charge in London has helped cut the number of drivers in many city centres, said satnav firm TomTom in its quarterly Congestion Index.

Leeds-Bradford is the most congested conurbation in the UK yet only sits 17th in the top 60 European cities who suffer the most during their peak-time rush hours.

TomTom monitors millions of traffic journeys a year to compare the percentage change between non-peak times and rush hour to compile its hotspot list. Istanbul is the worst for jams as its peak time is 57 per cent more congested than its non peak times.

Poland's capital, Warsaw, is in second place with a 45 per cent increase and Marseille is in third with a 40 per cent leap, narrowly ahead of Palermo in Italy.

The top ten includes capitals Paris and Rome, both notorious for the constant stream of traffic in the city centres, plus German industrial towns Hamburg and Stuttgart.

The top 60 includes NINE British cities but only two are in the top 20, Leeds-Bradford with a 27 per cent rise between off-peak and peak and London with a 26 per cent increase.

Other British cities to feature in the congestion index include Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield along with Newcastle-Sunderland (combined), Nottingham and Glasgow.