HUDDERSFIELD has been ranked as one of Britain’s most car-friendly towns – but was also named as one of the most congested.
The town was named the 15th most car-friendly town out of 64 in a national research project by Virgin Money.
The survey ranked places on a range of criteria, including petrol prices, parking spaces and fees, car crime and congestion.
But the survey also showed that Huddersfield was among the most congested of the 64 places visited, along with Hull and Glasgow.
The top car-friendly city was Dundee, with the lowest petrol prices, parking costs and the highest number of parking spaces. It is the second year in a row the Scottish city has come top of the poll.
Cardiff held on to its unenviable position as the least car-friendly city in the UK. The Welsh capital scored particularly badly for its lack of car parks and for the level of car crime.
Philip Hale, spokesman for Trafficmaster, which provided congestion data for the study, said: “Despite being a nation of car lovers none of us enjoy the experience of sitting in traffic.
“A truly car-friendly city shouldn’t have major congestion problems.”
Jason Wyer-Smith of Virgin Money Car Insurance said: “With more than 23m UK drivers it’s clear that we are in love with the car and spend a considerable amount of time in them.
“Unfortunately, time spent driving is not always the most pleasant.
“Every motorist will have their own definition of driving hell, whether it’s hunting for a parking space, being stuck in a traffic jam or being caught by a speeding camera for a lapse.
“Our research tries to show which cities and towns are best and worst for drivers. It should be a guide to people moving location or planning trips on what to expect when they get there.”
10 MOST CAR-FRIENDLY PLACES 1 Dundee, 2 Aberdeen, 3 Telford , 4 Ipswich, 5 Dudley, 6 Norwich, 7 Brighton & Hove, 8 Peterborough, 9 Poole, 10 West Bromwich
10 LEAST CAR-FRIENDLY PLACES Cardiff, Nottingham, London, Leeds, Slough, Swansea, Oldham, Leicester, Newport, Reading