Media Release: New Zealanders waste 93 hours per year in traffic

By: Media Release

New Zealanders waste up to 93 hours a year stuck in traffic, according to the latest traffic index by TomTom.

The report showed that commuters in Wellington – not Auckland – experienced the worst traffic delays during peak hours, spending up to an extra 41 minutes in an hour commute.

However, Auckland was New Zealand’s most congested city – with a congestion ranking worse than New York’s.

Of the most congested cities in Australia and New Zealand, only Sydney ranked ahead of Auckland and Wellington. Melbourne was the fourth most congested city, Perth was fifth, and Christchurch was sixth.

According to the traffic index, Friday morning is the least congested time to commute in New Zealand. The most congested commute was found to be Tuesday morning, and Thursday evening.

Fortunately, no New Zealand cities featured in the top 10 most congested global cities in the world. Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch ranked 22nd, 25th and 42nd respectively in the world’s most congested cities list.

The most congested city in the world was Moscow, which was twice the level of Auckland, followed by Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, and Sao Paulo.

TomTom regional mapping chief Phil Allen commented: "The TomTom Traffic Index gives us a great insight into the state of our traffic network. By providing an accurate analysis of traffic flow and guiding traffic away from congested areas, TomTom plays a key role in helping to ease congestion, improving the traffic flow for the cities."

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