Saturday 31 January 2015

Traffic in Dublin pushes city to 10th worst congested worldwide

Published 03/06/2014 | 15:04

Commuters are spending an average of eight working days a year stuck in traffic

Commuters in Dublin will have their frustrations validated as a recent report shows that the city is the 10th most congested city in the world.

According to Sat Nav maker TomTom’ 4th annual global traffic index, Ireland’s capital is also the sixth most congested city in Europe.

The traffic data compiled by the Dutch navigation firm revealed that drivers actually add more travel time – up to 50pc – to their journey by attempting to reach their destination through ‘shortcuts’ as traffic congestion on secondary roads is worse than main roads,

Furthermore, commuters around the world are spending an average of eight working days a year stuck in traffic, with local authorities struggling to solve the increasing problem.

“Traffic congestion is nothing new, and continues to be a global challenge,” said Harold Goddijn, CEO of TomTom on publishing the report.

“The traditional responses to congestion, such as building new roads or widening existing ones are no longer proving to be effective. Real-time traffic information can help drivers find the quickest shortcut on their journey, and assist governments to make smarter decisions to improve traffic flow for their cities.”

The top ten most congested cities ranked by overall congestion level last year were:

World’s top 10 most congested cities

1 – Moscow: with a congestion ranking of 74pc

2 – Istanbul: 62pc

3 – Rio de Janeiro: 55pc

4 – Mexico City: 54pc

5 – São Paulo: 46pc

6 – Palermo: 39pc

7 – Warsaw: 39pc

8 – Rome: 37pc

9 – Los Angeles: 36pc

10 – Dublin: 35pc

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