We all know that roads tend to be quieter during the school holidays, but how much does the school run traffic really impact journey times? We have looked at 6 schools in central Leicester to compare traffic and journeys times before and after the October half term last year using our Highways Analyst tool. Highways Analyst allows users to quickly and easily manage, analyse and visualise detailed Trafficmaster congestion data. With Highways Analyst you can compare road speeds, and when these are lower we know the road is congested and journey times increase.
These maps below that we have created show the average speed during and after the October half term from 8 to 9 am and also a comparison between the two showing the impact. You can see in the three maps, that road speeds were slower, and therefore were more congested, after the half term holiday meaning journey times increase during term time and decrease during school holidays.
With concerns of children breathing toxic air from petrol fumes and the recommendation that we should their physical activity, it might be time to ditch the car for scooting or walking to school instead of sitting in congested traffic!