Traffic in Mexico City © 123RF
Traffic in Mexico City © 123RF

Mexico City is world's most congested

1 April 2016

Mexico City has won the dubious honour of being named the world’s most congested city for traffic.

The city dethroned Istanbul from the top spot in TomTom’s Traffic Index 2016, while congestion in some European countries has substantially fallen.

Peak time journeys in Mexico’s capital take on average 103% longer than they would in free-flowing traffic, adding up 219 extra hours spent behind the wheel a year for the typical driver.

On average journeys in the city take 59% longer than they would in uncongested traffic, regardless of the time of day.

The other top five most congested cities in the world are Bangkok (57%), Istanbul (50%), Rio de Janeiro (47%), and Moscow (44%).

Around the globe traffic congestion is up by 13% globally since TomTom launched its study in 2008. But while North American traffic congestion has increased by 17%, Europe’s has only increased by 2% in that period.

“It could be suggested that this points to economic growth in North America, and economic depression in the rest of Europe,” said TomTom. In Italy traffic is down 7% and in Spain it is down 13% since 2008.

The next five most congested cities in the world were Bucharest (Romania), Salvador (Brazil), Recife (Brazil), Chengdu, (China), and Los Angeles (USA).

Europe’s top five were Moscow, Bucharest, Saint Petersbug, Warsaw and Rome while North America’s top five were Mexico City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver and New York.

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