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New Zealanders spend up to 93 hours a year stuck in traffic
Posted on 4-Jun-2014 00:01. | Tags Filed under: News.

TomTom has announced the results of the TomTom Traffic Index 2013, revealing New Zealanders waste up to 93 hours a year stuck in traffic and that Wellingtonian’s experienced the worst traffic delays during peak hours, spending up to an extra 41 minutes in an hour commute. The Index also revealed that traffic congestion on non-highways is worse than main roads.

The regional results of the Index covers 9 major cities across Australia & New Zealand, with Sydney listed as the most congested city in the region, followed by Auckland and Wellington.

1. Sydney (34%)
2. Auckland (29%)
3. Wellington (28%)
4. Melbourne (27%)
5. Perth (27%)
6. Christchurch (26%)
7. Adelaide (25)
8. Brisbane (23%)
9. Canberra (17%)

According to the TomTom Traffic Index, Friday morning is the least congested time to commute in New Zealand. The most congested commute was found to be Tuesday morning, and Thursday evening.

There were no cities from our region featured in the top 10 most congested global cities. Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch ranked 22nd, 25th and 42nd respectively in the world’s most congested cities list.

The ranking by overall congestion level in 2013 were:

1. Moscow (74%)
2. Istanbul (62%)
3. Rio de Janeiro (55%)
4. Mexico City (54%)
5. São Paulo (46%)
6. Palermo (39%)
7. Warsaw (39%)
8. Rome (37%)
9. Los Angeles (36%)
10. Dublin (35)

“The TomTom Traffic Index gives us a great insight into the state of our traffic network. By providing an accurate analysis of traffic flow and guiding traffic away from congested areas, TomTom plays a key role in helping to ease congestion, improving the traffic flow for the cities,” said Phil Allen, TomTom Maps and Traffic Licensing, SE Asia and Oceania.

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