Cape Town Snatches The Title Of “Most Congested City In South Africa”

Johannesburg, 3 June 2014– TomTom (TOM2), a global leader in traffic, today published its 4th annual global traffic index for 2013. The results revealed that Cape Town is now the most congested city in South Africa, surpassing Johannesburg which was the most congested city in 2012.

TomTom’s traffic data also showed that traffic congestion on secondary roads is worse than main roads, and commuters are spending an unbelievable average of 10 working days a year stuck in traffic. This is creating a new set of challenges for local authorities looking for solutions to the increasing traffic problem.

The data also finds that the traffic shortcuts drivers take to avoid congestion are actually ‘longcuts’, adding 50% more travel time to journeys. It also finds South Africa to be the only country in the world to experience their worst congestion on a Monday morning while the rest of the world experiences their worst congestion most often on a Tuesday morning.

“Traffic congestion is nothing new, and continues to be a global challenge. The traditional responses to congestion, such as building new roads or widening existing ones are no longer proving to be effective. Real time traffic information can help drivers find the quickest shortcut on their journey, and assist governments to make smarter decisions to improve traffic flow for their cities,” said Daan Henderickx, Country Manager of TomTom South Africa.

The Traffic Index is the only global measurement of traffic congestion comparing travel times during non-congested hours with travel times in peak hours experienced by passenger vehicles. The Index takes into account both local roads and highways. The top ten most congested cities ranked by overall congestion level in 2013 were:

 

1

Moscow

74%

6

Palermo

39%

 

2

Istanbul

62%

7

Warsaw

39%

 

3

Rio de Janeiro

55%

8

Rome

37%

 

4

Mexico City

54%

9

Los Angeles

36%

 

5

São Paulo

46%

10

Dublin

35%

 

South Africa has seen an increase in congestion in all of the six cities that the report monitored with Cape Town and East London’s congestion both increasing by 2%. South Africa had a congestion level of 21% in 2013 while the individual cities were ranked as follows:

 

 

 

 

Global Ranking

1

Cape Town

27%

33

 

2

Johannesburg

25%

48

 

3

East London

22%

65

 

4

Pretoria

22%

73

 

5

Durban

18%

98

 

6

Bloemfontein

12%

134/138

 

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Notes to the Editor:

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

 

Results Summary

·         South Africa has an overall congestion level of 21%

·         South Africans spend on average an extra 13 minutes per hour stuck in traffic

·         South Africans are spending an average of 10 working days a year stuck in traffic

·         Cape Town is the most congested city with a congestion level of 27%

·         Bloemfontein is the least congested city in South Africa with a level of 12%

·         Pretoria and East London share the same amount of congestion with a level of 22%

·         Cape Town experiences the most congestion during morning peak periods with a congestion level of 71%

·         Cape Town also experiences the worst evening peak congestion period with a level of 58%

·         All South African cities, except for East London, experience worst congestion during the morning peak periods than during the evening peak periods

·         Bloemfontein experiences the least congestion with a level of 24% during morning peak periods and 22% during evening peak periods

·         East London experiences the same amount of congestion during morning and evening peak periods at a level of 47%

·         Each South African city experiences more congestion on secondary roads than on highways

·         Cape Town and Johannesburg share the same amount of congestion levels on their secondary roads with a level of 30%

·         Joburgers on average will cut their delay time caused by congestion in half if they take the highway as opposed to a secondary road

·         Congestion on secondary roads in Pretoria is three times the amount on its highways

·         On average, Capetonians will save 6 minutes for every hour during peak periods if they take the highway

·         South Africa is the only country in the world to experience their worst congestion on a Monday, the rest of the world experiences their worst day on a Wednesday

·         The reports measures over 95 000kms of roadways in South Africa

·         The best morning peak days fall on a Friday for South Africans unless you live in Cape Town or Bloemfontein, then your best morning would be on a Thursday

·         Johannesburg and East London both experience less congestion in both morning and evening peak times on a Friday

·     On the 8 March 2013 Cape Town experienced 29mm of rain coincidently this was the city’s most congested day according to the report