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Australian Traffic Congestion Accelerating with a 2% Rise

Nov 06 2013

Australian Traffic Congestion Accelerating with a 2% Rise

~ TomTom Traffic Index reveals Sydney in the top 20 most congested cities globally ~

Sydney, November 06, 2013 – The average congestion levels across Australian cities is rising according to the results of the Q2 TomTom Traffic Index report – the most accurate and comprehensive barometer of traffic congestion across the world.

The Q2 (Apr-Jun 2013) report finds that the average amount of time Australians spend in traffic on the roads has increased by up to two hours per year – a marked increase on the full year 2012 findings. This sees Australians spending an average of up to 94 hours in traffic a year.

Australia and New Zealand were given an overall congestion level rating of 29% across nine cities – a 2% rise on figures from the full year 2012. This increase is in line with the rest of the world, which are also experiencing rising levels of traffic congestion.

1. Sydney

35%

 

6. Melbourne

28%

2. Auckland

34%

 

7. Wellington

28%

3. Christchurch

32%

 

8. Brisbane

25%

4. Perth

29%

 

9. Canberra

19%

5. Adelaide

29%

     

Sydney was again named as the most congested city in Australia, followed by Perth and Adelaide. Whilst Sydney has increased in congestion levels, it has reduced its global congestion ranking from number 7 to 14.

1.    Moscow

65%

11. Stockholm

36%

2.    Istanbul

57%

12. Vancouver

36%

3.    Lòdz

53%

13. Los Angeles

35%

4.    Rio de Janerio

51%

14. Sydney

35%

5.    Warsaw

44%

15. Auckland

34%

6.    Palermo

40%

16. Brussels

34%

7.    Marseille

40%

17. Christchurch

32%

8.    Sao Paulo

39%

18. Belfast

32%

9.    Rome

36%

19. San Francisco

32%

10.  Paris

36%

20. Johannesburg

31%

The increase in congestion levels for Australian cities has remained lower than our New Zealand counterparts, with Kiwis in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington all reporting significant increase in congestion levels by up to 5% compared to Q2 2012.

 

Q2 2012

Q2 2013

Variance

Sydney

34%

35%

↑1%

Auckland

30%

35%

↑5%

Christchurch

29%

32%

↑3%

Perth

31%

29%

↓2%

Adelaide

28%

29%

↑1%

Melbourne

29%

28%

↓1%

Wellington

25%

28%

↑3%

Brisbane

25%

25%

-

Canberra

18%

19%

↑1%


Sydney-siders are wasting an average of 42 minutes for every hour driven, at peak times. The worst times to travel in Sydney are Tuesday morning and Friday afternoon. Sydney and Adelaide residents have experienced the largest increase in congestion of all cities in Australia, with a 1% rise compared to Q2 2012, while Perth and Melbourne both experiencing a decrease in congestion.

Canberra was found to be the least congested city of those surveyed in the region, with a congestion rating of 19%.

“The TomTom Traffic Index demonstrates that congestion is significantly rising globally and this is affecting Australia’s major metropolitan cities. By providing an accurate analysis of traffic flow and routing traffic away from congested areas, TomTom plays a key role in helping to ease congestion and save Australians from spending valuable time stuck in traffic,” said Chris Kearney, Vice President TomTom Asia Pacific.

“At TomTom our objective is always to gain a precise understanding of traffic flow over the entire road network. In doing that we can accurately help millions of drivers get to their destinations faster, safer and with lower emissions”

 

About the TomTom Traffic Index

Separate European, North American, Australia/New Zealand and South Africa Traffic Index reports are available.

To download the Traffic Index reports, go to www.tomtom.com/trafficindex

 

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