Thursday 18 January 2018

Dublin is now one of least congested cities in EU

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Dublin is among the least congested cities in the EU -- just a year after being one of the worst.

With fewer people travelling to work and the soaring cost of fuel, traffic is down 9.7pc compared with last year.

Brussels comes out as the most gridlocked city in Europe followed by Warsaw, London, Wroclaw and Toulouse, according to a survey by sat-nav operators TomTom.

Dublin is now the 24th most congested city.

The research is based on the company's real-travel times database, which tracks road speeds of sat-nav users. Travel information is sent anonymously to the company every day, and the data provides an insight into how fast traffic can travel on a city's road network at different times of the day.

Cities are ranked according to how fast cars can travel on the street network. A city's traffic is congested if drivers can travel at only 70pc or less of the posted speed limit, meaning that an hour-long commute would include 20 minutes or more of significant delays.

The UK is the most gridlocked country, with 16 cities making it into the top 50.

The German city of Cologne is the least jammed.


Overall the results show motorists can expect a higher degree of freeflow in Spain, Switzerland, Norway, Hungary, Ireland and the Czech Republic as each has only one city in the top 50.

Dublin City Council said there had been a noticeable drop in the number of vehicles coming into the city every day, with falls of 4pc recorded.

The council conducts traffic counts at 33 locations around the cordon formed by the Royal and Grand canals every November between 7am and 10am.

The most recent count saw a fall in the number of cars coming into the city of 0.6pc (down 356) in a year.

The biggest drop was in motorcyclists, which fell 19.6pc between November 2009 and November 2010, followed by goods vehicles, down 8.6pc, and cyclists, down 5.9pc.

There was an increase of 3.2pc in the number of pedestrians walking into the city.

"Dublin City Council would have seen a drop in vehicle volumes in the order of 3pc to 4pc," a spokesman said.

"There are probably around the same volumes of cars, but the numbers of heavy goods vehicles and in particular construction vehicles has dropped very dramatically."

Irish Independent

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