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rush hour

the period of time when heavy traffic is moving into or out of a city. This is the slowest rush hour I have ever been in. Traffic is almost in gridlock.
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A car also flipped over close to the Cowgate Roundabout in Newcastle at around 10am - though this was after the rush-hour delays.
One rush-hour commuter said she crawled from junction four to junction nine, taking her two-and-a-half hours to do a 40-mile journey.
With existing infrastructure already groaning under the volume of rush-hour commuters on certain routes, public transportation experts and providers alike are looking at a number of solutions to meet exploding demand.
Long-suffering commuters in the West Midlands were given some cheer yesterday when Government figures showed rush-hour traffic journeys were speeding up - by 1mph.
The railway company will also increase the number of announcements requesting passengers to refrain from using cellular phones outside of rush-hour periods as well, according to the officials.
The escalators move through the great shaft of light to a concrete mezzanine which covers both track and platforms, a sequence of almost Piranesian sublimity, though whether its drama will be appreciable in a wet winter rush-hour is doubtful.
XV worked as designed, it gets us only a 12 percent reduction in rush-hour travel," Wedaa pointed out.
At the other end of the scale, the quickest A-road during rush hour on Teesside is the A66 westbound in Middlesbrough, where average rush-hour speeds reach a rapid 46.
THIS broken down lorry added to the rush-hour congestion caused by ongoing roadworks on the A55.
A CYCLIST was taken to hospital after being in a rush-hour collision with a car in Halesowen causing rush-hour traffic problems.
A DRIVER had to be cut free from his car after a rush-hour crash involving a lorry on the A1 northbound.
VANDALS who damaged railway cabling in Nuneaton caused huge rush-hour delays on Friday afternoon.
According to the French manufacturer, rush-hour city drivers are spending almost half their journeys - 43 per cent of the time - sat in stationary traffic, an increase of 13.
Rush-hour traffic had to be diverted by police, but no major traffic jams were reported.
THE hustle and bustle of the rush-hour commute takes on an Expressionist ambience in a new exhibition.