Brussels more congested than London and Paris
According to the 2018 TomTom Traffic Index, Brussels is Europe’s eleventh most congested city with an average traffic delay of 37%. It does worse than London (37%) and Paris (36%). In Belgium, the capital city ranks first in congestion times after Antwerp (31%) and Namur (29%).
As is the case every year, the Dutch satellite navigation company, TomTom, releases its Traffic Index. Using data gathered from its real-time traffic info systems during all the previous year, it ranks 403 cities with more than 800.000 residents in 56 countries all over the world depending on their average additional traffic delay.
Mumbai and Moscow
When looking at the whole TomTom ranking, Brussels‘ situation doesn’t seem that bad. Mumbai is officially the world’s most congested city with an average traffic delay of 65%. It’s followed by Bogota (63%) and Lima (58%).
According to TomTom, every city in South America saw its additional congestion time grow in 2018. On the European continent, the three busiest cities are Moscow (56%), Istanbul (53%) and Bucharest (48%). “Congestion increases worldwide. It’s good because it indicates a strong economy but the flip side is that drivers waste time in traffic, not to mention the huge impact in the environment.”, notes Ralf-Peter Schaefer of TomTom.
Namur increases, Mons breathes
In Belgium, Brussels is, as usual, the country’s most congested city. The reasons for that are many, including the star-pattern structure and the important number of tunnels and bridges. Weather can also be an important factor. Last year, freezing rain falls on March 2nd added 76% of delay to Brussels traffic.
Antwerp is still Belgium’s second most congested city with 31% of addition congestion time. More worryingly, Namur sees its average delay increase by 10% to reach 29% and thus taking Belgium’s third place. At peak hour, that number increases to 45% in the morning and 51% in the evening.
On the other hand, Mons has experienced a traffic reduction of 6% in 2018. Citizens of the eighth most congested city in Belgium are now able to breathe a little better thanks to the completion of a series of important roadwork.