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A new survey has put Chiswick High Road as one of the top ten most congested roads in London.

The survey carried out by business campaign group was based on responses from 47,000 drivers. The High Road joins the Hangar Lane Gyratory and Hammersmith Broadway as one of the most congested roads in London.

Blackwall Tunnel is London’s most congested road. The survey also reveals that two of the hotspots are in the congestion charging zone and that none of the other top 10 hotspots are in the proposed western extension.

Critics have claimed that the Mayor's massive transport investment plans are gearing investment towards the east of the London whereas most of the major transport bottlenecks are in the West. Ironically the one major transport project planned for London by Transport for London is the West London Transit Scheme which will divert traffic from the Uxbridge Road onto Chiswick High Road

Traffic congestion in London as a whole is also twice as bad as in other major cities say London First.

London First has called for TfL to tackle urgently the 10 hotspots.

The Top Ten were:

Blackwall Tunnel and approach
Trafalgar Square
Euston Road at Kings Cross
The Strand
Archway gyratory
North Circular Road between Golders Green Road and Falloden Way
North Circular Road between Hanger Lane and Gunnersbury Avenue
Hammersmith gyratory
Chiswick High Road
Wandsworth one-way system

Jo Valentine, Chief Executive, London First said, "If London is to remain a world city and the economic engine of the UK, TfL should implement a four year programme of traffic management solutions, including a review of traffic light timings, and build on the good work that has already been done by its traffic management unit. This would be a better use of time and money than extending the congestion zone westwards.”

February 19, 2005