Dubliners sit in traffic for nearly 9 days each year, new stats reveal

by Rachel Darcy

A new traffic index has revealed that Dublin is the 17th most congested city in the world, with Dubliners spending an average of eight days and 21 hours sitting in peak traffic a year.

The TomTom Traffic Index details the traffic situation in 416 cities in 57 countries around the world. The report showed that congestion has risen across Ireland, especially in Dublin where waiting times have gone up by 3%.

Dublin’s ten most congested roads include Parnell Road / Grove Road, Dalymount / North Circular Road, Dorset Street Lower, Merrion Road, Clanbrassil Street Upper, Drumcondra Road Upper, King Street North / Bolton Street, Church Street / Church Street Upper, Amiens Street and Harold’s Cross Road.

Stephanie Leonard, traffic advisor at TomTom, comments: “When you consider its booming population and rapid economic growth, it’s not surprising that Dublin is one of the world’s most congested cities. Yet the demographic challenges of the city are clearly turning into a congestion nightmare for Dubliners.

“High congestion levels can indicate strong economic activity, but they also represent lost time, productivity and potential for Dublin’s workers.

“It’s time for traffic to change and, while plans around congestion charges and new cycle lane networks will help the situation, they can’t come soon enough.”

The interactive TomTom Traffic Index report is available online, with Dublin specific statistics available here.

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