Luxembourg City drops in congestion ranking
(CS) Luxembourg City has dropped from rank 23 to 29 in the TomTom European Congestion Index, as drivers with a half hour commute spend roughly 80 hours stuck in traffic per year.
The study by GPS company TomTom shows that traffic on the European continent is worst in Moscow, where motorists take 74 percent longer to get to work during rush hour compared to driving the same route when there is no traffic.
This makes it the most congested city in Europe, followed by Istanbul, Palermo, Warsaw, Rome and Dublin. In the top cities, Murcia and Malmö, motorists take only 14 percent longer to get to work during rush hour.
Luxembourg City ranks 29th out of 60 countries in the traffic index and drivers need around 25 percent longer during rush hour compared to normal traffic. For a half-hour commute TomTom has calculated that drivers spent around 80 hours stuck in traffic last year.
This puts the Grand Duchy's capital on par with cities, such as Barcelona, Liverpool and Cologne, while ranking worse than capitals such as Madrid, Amsterdam, Helsinki and Budapest.
In last year's ranking Luxembourg placed 23rd with the same 25 percent congestion level. The drop in ranking reflects improvements in other cities which have risen in the ranks, leaving Luxembourg behind.
For its study, TomTom used data collected through its devices comparing travel time during peak periods and non-congested periods. Data from over 180 cities around the world was collected for the traffic index, including 60 cities in Europe.
According to the company, January 15 was the most congested day in Luxembourg City last year. Looking back, the reason becomes obvious – unexpected snowfall caused traffic chaos across the country. In the evening hours alone, Luxembourg's Automobile Club registered some 100 kilometres of traffic jams across the country.