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‘Rush hour’ returns as schools reopen

‘Rush hour’ returns as schools reopen


The morning rush hour has become a feature on the UK’s roads once again as schools reopened, new figures have revealed.

The amount of traffic on the roads between the peak drop-off periods of 8am and 9am has returned to pre-pandemic levels, according to analysis of thousands of journeys completed by RAC Insurance customers. 

During these periods, car volumes are up by 55 per cent compared with the week beginning August 24, or just prior to when schools in the UK reopened. 

Following on from data published by the Office for National Statistics last week which suggested that 20 per cent of adults are now doing their jobs from home, RAC Insurance believes that its latest research shows that that bulk of morning rush hour traffic is generated by people dropping their children off at schools rather than commuters travelling to work. 

Rod Dennis, a spokesman for the firm, said:

What’s abundantly apparent is how dependent parents are on the car for getting children to their places of study or play during the week. With fewer people prepared to take public transport at the moment, the reliance on the car as the transport mode of choice has increased.Workers that used to drop children off and then carry on to offices or other workplaces are clearly still using their cars for these trips, but just returning home again instead. It may also be the case that many are opting for the car so they can be back at their desks to start work as promptly as possible.”

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