Britain’s Inner-City motorists are stationary for up to half of their morning rush hour journey – an increase of 10.9% in the past two years - according to new research by Citroen.
The Company commissioned the study to highlight the environmental and financial benefits of its “Stop & Start” technology. Currently available on the Citroen C2 and C3 superminis, the intelligent system maximises economy and minimises CO2 emissions by turning off the car’s engine when stationary. Independent testing has shown a Stop & Start vehicle can return a 27% fuel saving in urban driving conditions.
Following an original study in 2006, Citroen’s research assessed traffic congestion in five major city centres – London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Norwich and Manchester during the rush hour. The snapshot showed commuters to be stationary for 25 minutes – 42% of the time – in an average one hour journey in which they travelled just 12.9 miles.
Perhaps surprisingly, London motorists covered almost twice as many miles as they did in 2006 – 13.2 compared to 6.8 - yet were stationary for around 5 minutes longer. Cardiff motorists experienced the least change, covering the biggest distance of all the cities assessed, which may compensate for the fact that they endured the longest time stationary.
|City||Time Stationary||Miles Covered||Time Stationary||Miles Covered|
|London||19m 20s||6.8||24m 06s||13.2|
|Norwich||20m 32s||15.7||21m 20s||10.0|
|Manchester||21m 00s||16.2||25m 02s||10.9|
|Birmingham||21m 44s||14.8||23m 55s||14.2|
|Cardiff||30m 13s||15.7||30m 46s||16.3|
|AVERAGE||22m 34s||13.8||25m 02s||12.9|
*Journeys were carried out between 0750 and 0850 hrs on weekdays between 16th & 21st July 2008.Published 4 August 2008