Government calls for highway chiefs to reduce motorway closure times as analysis finds delays cost in wasted time, fuel and unnecessary carbon emissions

The government has told highway chiefs to reduce motorway closure times following accidents after new figures showed that traffic jams on the UK’s major roads cost the economy £9bn a year.

Analysis by transport data company Inrix found that drivers faced 1.35m traffic jams in the past year, which is almost 3,700 per day.

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