This is how much hold ups in and around Preston cost drivers each year

Traffic congestion in and around Preston costs drivers an average of £570 a year, according to traffic data firm INRIX.

By Colin Ainscough
Tuesday, 6th August 2019, 9:12 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th August 2019, 10:12 am
Drivers in Preston trying to avoid the M6
Drivers in Preston trying to avoid the M6

Motorists spend six per cent of their time in jams, equating to 16 peak hours a year stuck in traffic.

A reader survey carried out by the Post in 2017 revealed a staggering four out of five people in Preston are caught in congestion at least once a week - 53 per cent say they hit trouble every day.

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Drivers in Preston trying to avoid the M6

In total, including the two unitary authorities of Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen, Lancashire has 106 miles of motorways, 494 miles of A-roads and 4,364 miles of minor roads.

In 2016 there were 821,400 motor vehicles licensed in the county - up by 14,800 from 2015. That adds up to 165 vehicles for every mile of carriageway.

But all is not doom and gloom. Lancashire is in the middle of a £357m highways spending spree in a bid to bring relief to the hard-pressed traveller.