'Rush hour’ returns after schools reopen

The morning rush hour has returned to the UK’s roads as schools have reopened, new figures suggest.

Traffic during the peak drop-off period between 8am and 9am has returned to pre-pandemic levels according to RAC Insurance.

It analysed thousands of trips conducted by its customers and found that car volumes during the period are up by 55 per cent compared with the week beginning August 24, which was just prior to the vast majority of schools opening their doors to students once more. 

Data published by the Office for National Statistics last week found that 20 per cent of working adults are doing their jobs, which suggests that the morning rush hour is being caused predominantly by people dropping their kids off at school and nurseries 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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