Nicholas Soames – 2014 Parliamentary Question to the Department for Transport

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Nicholas Soames on 2014-04-02.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the level of traffic congestion in Mid Sussex constituency in each year since 1997.

Mr Robert Goodwill

Estimates of road congestion levels for Parliamentary constituencies are not held centrally.

We do however hold data at the local authority level. Road congestion is measured in the Department by morning peak speeds, defined as 7am to 10am. In 2013, the average weekday morning peak speed, on locally managed ‘A’ roads in West Sussex County (local authority), which contains Mid Sussex constituency, was estimated to be 30.2 miles per hour.The equivalent figure for the whole of England in 2013 was 24.7 miles per hour.

Equivalent figures for earlier years back to 2007, and all other local highway authorities in England, can be found on the Department for Transport’s website at: