Satellite navigation company TomTom has revealed its annual global traffic survey, comparing commuting times in major cities throughout the ‘western’ world.
Russia’s capital city, Moscow, has the dubious honour of being named the world’s most congested city, followed by Istanbul in Turkey and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
TomTom measures the travel times in over 180 cities for commuters during ‘free flow’ traffic periods where congestion is minimal, and compares these times to periods of maximum congestion.
The difference is expressed as a percentage, with Moscow (74 percent), Istanbul (62 percent) and Rio (55 percent) showing the greatest discrepancies.
Commuters in Moscow face an additional 76 minutes behind the wheel during peak congestion, for every hour they would normally need to complete a journey in free-flow traffic.
This means a journey that would normally take 30 minutes in free-flow traffic could take up to 68 minutes during peak congestion times.
Mexico City was the fourth-worst on 54 percent, with Brazil’s second entry in the list – Sao Paulo - landing at number five on 46 percent.
Brazil declared public holidays in some of its major cities on match days during the recently-concluded 2014 Football World Cup, in an effort to free up the roads for fans commuting to and from its stadiums.
Italy also sees two cities in the top ten, with Palermo in sixth on 39 percent and Rome in eighth on 37 percent.
Despite the improvement, Sydney is still Australia’s most congested city with a score of 34 percent, followed by New Zealand entries Auckland (29 percent) and Wellington (28 percent) in the Pacific Region.
TomTom concluded that commuters around the world spend an average of eight days sitting in their cars while stuck in traffic jams each year.
Global (‘Western’ World)
- Moscow, Russia - 74 percent
- Istanbul, Turkey - 62 percent
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 55 percent
- Mexico City, Mexico - 54 percent
- São Paulo, Brazil - 46 percent
- Palermo, Italy - 39 percent
- Warsaw, Poland - 39 percent
- Rome, Italy - 37 percent
- Los Angeles, USA - 36 percent
- Dublin, Ireland - 35 percent
Australia And New Zealand
- Sydney – 34 percent
- Auckland – 29 percent
- Wellington – 28 percent
- Melbourne – 27 percent
- Perth – 27 percent
- Christchurch – 26 percent
- Adelaide – 25 percent
- Brisbane – 23 percent
- Canberra – 17 percent