Brighton and Hove is the fifth most congested city in the UK and the most congested small city in England, a new study has revealed.
Only Belfast, Edinburgh, London and Manchester are worse off according to TomTom’s latest Traffic Index.
The data reveals a 2% increase in congestion in 2016 from 2015 levels.
In a statement Brighton and Hove City Council said: “The council is acutely aware of congestion in the city. That’s why we’re pursuing transport policies to promote alternatives to the car such as buses, cycling and walking.
“As a result there has been a huge increase in cycling in the last ten years and levels of bus travel are among the highest in the country.”
Compared to similar sized cities with populations under 800,000 Brighton and Hove is the third most congested behind Edinburgh and Belfast.
The UK was the second most congested country in the world behind China.
A spokeswoman for the Department for Transport said: “We are making the most extensive improvements to roads since the 1970s, investing a record £23 billion to keep our country moving.
“We are also spending a further £1.3 billion over the next Parliament.
“This is to relieve congestion and provide upgrades to ensure our roads are fit for the future.”