Warsaw, Poland – The Polish cities of Lodz, Krakow, Poznan, Warsaw and Wroclaw are the five most congested cities in Central Europe, according to the latest TomTom Traffic Index, a report detailing the traffic situation in 403 cities in 56 countries around the world. 8 out of the 10 most congested cities in the region are in Poland, with only Budapest and Bratislava respectively 6th and 7th. The Czech cities of Brno and Prague lie in 11th and 12th position.
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6th in Europe and 15th worldwide, Lodz has an average congestion level of 44%, meaning that drivers spend 44 per cent longer in traffic than they should, that can reach as high as 88% at around 4pm during weekdays. The second most congested city in Central Europe, Krakow has an average congestion level of 40% that can peak to 92% on Friday evenings, while Warsaw, in fourth position, has an average of 39%.
The Hungarian and Slovak capitals fare a bit better that its Polish counterpart with average congestion levels of 35% and 33%. With an average of 27%, Prague is the least congested capital city of Central Europe and ranks 81st in Europe and 149th worldwide.
“Globally, traffic congestion is rising. And that’s both good, and bad, news. It’s good because it indicates a strong global economy, but the flip side is drivers wasting time sitting in traffic, not to mention the huge environmental impact,” says Ralf-Peter Schäfer, TomTom’s VP of Traffic information.
Created to help cities around the world combat severe mobility challenges, the TomTom Traffic Index portal offers free access to live and historical traffic and travel information. Now in its 8th year, it provides drivers, city planners, auto manufacturers and policy makers with statistics and information about congestion levels. Users can search an extensive range of city-by-city traffic information to monitor live traffic, identify problem areas, analyse the cause of bottlenecks, and influence drivers’ behaviours to ease congestion and optimize traffic flow.
According their website, it is a “key initiative in our ongoing mission to create a safer, cleaner, congestion-free world together with our partners and drivers”.
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