Sydney and Melbourne top worst congestion report

Mexico City tops global ranking but Sydney is the worst in Oceania

Sydney and Melbourne top worst congestion report
Sydney traffic is getting worse, TomTom report says.


Sydney is the worst city for traffic congestion in Oceania according to navigation and mapping company TomTom’s annual Traffic Index report.

Ranking global cities on their travel times, and morning and evening peak growth, TomTom says Sydney is the 30th worst city in the world for congestion and it is getting worse.

Travel time grew one per cent on last year, the report says, a trend that has continued since data began in 2008.

The congestion equates to 151 hours of extra travel each year for commuters – 31 hours more than the next Australian city in the list, the 55th ranked Melbourne.

The ranking is based on a congestion percentage, which compares the worst time with a free-flow time, adjudicating how much worse the traffic is in peak times.

Like Sydney, Melbourne’s percentage also increased one per cent on last year.

The cities also share the same worst days of the week, with the morning peak highest on Tuesdays and the evening peak tops out on Thursday.

However, in terms of the peaks, driving in Sydney adds 66 and 65 per cent, respectively, onto a journey compared to Melbourne’s 52 per cent in both time slots.

Rounding out the Australian state capitals listed in the report is Perth with a congestion percentage of 27 per cent, Adelaide at 25 per cent, and Brisbane also at 25 per cent.

While Hobart didn’t make the top list, traffic in the city has grown for the first time since 2009 in the past year – jumping a significant five per cent.

Canberra’s numbers have remained steady at 17 per cent.

Auckland topped the New Zealand cities in 40th place with a congestion percentage of 33 per cent.

The next placed cities were Wellington (30 per cent), Christchurch (27 per cent), Dunedin (22 per cent), and Hamilton (21 per cent).


Global congestion

While global figures have grown 13 per cent year-on-year, it is Mexico City that grew enough to take the heralded crown as the world’s worst city.

Mexico City, which knocked last year’s winner Istanbul down to third, finished with a congestion percentage at 59 per cent and just fewer than 100 per cent in both morning and evening peak periods.

The numbers in the Mexican capital equate to an extra 219 hours of travel time per year.

The second-placed Bangkok, which also leapfrogged Istanbul, recorded a 57 per cent rating and an evening peak of 114 per cent.

While the third-placed Istanbul, fourth-placed Rio de Janeiro, and fifth-placed Moscow made the top five, all saw reductions during the past 12 months – falling eight, four, and six per cent respectively.

In a continent breakdown, North America tops the number of cities on the list with 78, followed by Europe with 40, Asia with 39, South America with nine, Oceania with six, and Africa with two.

As congestion grew 17 per cent in North America over the year, the most of any continent, it is little surprise the United States featured in the list the most with 70 representatives. 



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