London has lost more than three-quarters of road traffic since the lock began, according to data from Google.
New charts have revealed the significant drop in traffic levels in some of the UK’s largest cities amid the ongoing foreclosure.
The visualizations use traffic data from Google to compare road conditions before the lockdown with those since the government introduced travel restrictions, revealing decreases of more than 80% in some cities.
The study used weekdays for the 8:30 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. rush hour period and compared April 2020 to the period immediately preceding the introduction of lockout restrictions.
What does the data say for London and the other cities?
Through London, road traffic fell by 77.6%, the city center and the famous M25 being much quieter than usual.
All of the other UK cities surveyed also showed a massive drop in traffic when shops, tourist attractions and other businesses closed and most people either stopped working or started working from home.
Belfast traffic fell the most, down 83.5% just before Cardiff’s 83.07%.
In Scotland, Edinburgh, where the compact downtown area is typically congested with cars, buses and vans is virtually congestion free on the map after locking, reflecting a 77.3% drop in traffic, commuters obeying instructions to stay on House.
It’s a similar picture Belfast, where traffic suddenly flows freely on the usually congested A12 and A24, and Newcastle, where traffic hotspots, including the Tyne and Redheugh bridges, have seen huge drops in the number of vehicles.
Who compiled the data?
The data was collected by Leasing Options to see the extent to which motorists complied with travel restrictions.
Official Cabinet Office reports estimate that traffic around the UK has dropped 60-80% since the foreclosure began on March 23.
However, quieter roads raised other concerns, with police reporting a significant increase in the number and severity of speeding offenses.
Some forces have seen cases increase by more than 50%, and metropolitan police have stepped up patrols after reporting offenders reaching more than 70 mph in areas of 20 mph.