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The Tuesday Effect

Posted on Tuesday 30th October 2007 at 00:00
Why is it that the morning rush hour is always worse on a Tuesday than on any other day of the week?

This is a phenomenon I've been noticing over the last few weeks and months, ever since I started working full time. As any commuter will tell you, the morning rush hour in Bristol is not an experience many people relish, and the area around Frenchay, Filton, Downend and Hambrook is especially bad. To put things in perspective, outside of rush hour it takes me 20 minutes to drive from home to work, yet a minimum of 40 minutes during the rush hour.

Fair enough, no mystery there. Rush hour traffic = longer journey times. Fine. Where I get a bit confused is the bit where on a Tuesday and only on a Tuesday, my time spent behind the wheel shoots up to a full hour. On one particularly bad Tuesday about a month ago, it took me an hour and a half to drive the 8 miles to work. Worst of all, the traffic reports on the radio didn't even mention that there was any unusual congestion to be had anywhere.

Can anybody suggest any reasons why at least a 3rd more people drive to work on a Tuesday than on the other 4 days of the working week? Does anybody else experience this unusual situation, or is it just a Bristol thing? Does the traffic do anything bizarre where you live?

Answers on the back of a speeding ticket please!

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