The worst month for gridlock in the first half of the year was June, when the wet weather was a major factor. Nearly half of the accidents which led to the worst of the delays in the six-month period from January to June happened in the morning rush-hour.
Car Free Day on Tuesday 17 June - when drivers were urged to leave their vehicles at home - proved a flop, with 10 per cent more congestion incidents recorded than normal.
AA Roadwatch logged more than 173,000 jams and hold-ups in the first six months of 1997. The most clogged road was the M42 at junction two in Hereford and Worcester on 10 March, when a multi-vehicle accident led to 28 hours of delays. Randeep RameshReuse content