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Driving in the capital has always been something that most of us would avoid like the plague but a new report has revealed that it is Bristol and Belfast that top the charts for traffic jams these days. London has only the third most congested roads according to the data.

The Congestion Index 2012 compiled by satnav company, TomTom, collected data from journeys all over the world to highlight those cities that suffer with the worst congestion both on and off peak hours. In the UK, drivers in Belfast were highlighted as having the longest delays in getting from A to B. Their journeys were found to take on average 32% longer than they would if the traffic was free flowing, a huge 71% in peak hours. Bristol in the South West came in just under at 31% longer and 64% longer in the rush hour.

That is the equivalent of a 60 minute journey taking around an hour and 38 minutes instead according to the report.

The capital's congestion rating was just 27.5 per cent longer than free flowing traffic which will come as some relief to Transport for London, instigator of the notorious congestion charge. It appears that the £10 fee has helped to reduce traffic in the city during the rush hour at least. Of the cities in the report, Glasgow was found to suffer with the least congestion at just over 18 per cent.

Despite these figures, the UK's cities did not get a mention on the European Top Ten most congested cities. Drivers across the water have far more cause for complaint that their UK counterparts. The city that, according to the data, must be often suffering total gridlock is Moscow. The Russian capital's commuters have to contend with rush hour delays equivalent to a 106% longer journey time on average. Even outside of peak hours journey time is 66% longer.

Europe fared worse than other continents in the report with Istanbul and Warsaw coming in at second and third positions with 55% and 42% respectively. Paris, which has always been rather notorious for traffic jams, was ranked right down in ninth position. Los Angeles is the first city outside of Europe to appear on the top ten at sixth position and the celebrity state of choice presents drivers with a 33% longer journey time.

The satnav company's Congestion Index could provide a useful resource for tourists planning holidays in their cars enabling them to avoid highly congested cities.

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