The TomTom annual traffic survey was released in March using data collected from around the world in 2014. Though it may seem hard to believe when you think about your morning and evening commute, there was no Australian city in the top 20.
The order of the Australian capital cities is as expected – Sydney (21), Melbourne (60), Perth (73), Adelaide (81 – and this may surprise some people), Brisbane (88) and then Canberra (not ranked).
Sydney’s congestion rating was 35%. This means when compared to a Free Flow situation (when there’s no traffic) it takes an average of 35% longer to travel around Sydney (And anyone driving around Sydney for work knows it’s more than 35% faster between 10am and 3pm).
This is influenced by the congestion rating during peak times. The morning peak in Sydney is rated at 66% and the evening peak at 64%. While Brisbane has an overall congestion rating of 25%, the morning peak is 43% and the evening peak is 46%.
TomTom have also used graphs to show which days of the week are the busiest. In Melbourne it’s Tuesday morning and Friday evening. This different to Perth which is most congested on Thursday evenings.
The report also nominates the most congested day in each city during 2014. Were you stuck in traffic on any of these days?
- Sydney – 4th April
- Brisbane – 19th November
- Melbourne – 20th November
- Perth – 7th May
- Adelaide – 14th February (Maybe lots of flowers and chocolates being delivered)
- Canberra – 10th April