Traffic backs up on Johannesburg’s N1 North. Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS/FINANCIAL MAIL
Traffic backs up on Johannesburg’s N1 North. Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS/FINANCIAL MAIL

The most congested cities for traffic in SA are Cape Town‚ followed by Johannesburg‚ East London‚ Pretoria and Durban.

This is according to the TomTom Traffic Index 2017‚ an annual report detailing the cities around the world with the worst traffic congestion.

In a study of 390 cities‚ Johannesburg — SA’s most densely populated city —stood out for its implementation of effective traffic management systems across the city‚ earning special recognition from an international panel of traffic experts.

"Infrastructure development is a major contributing factor‚" Megan Bruwer‚ project coordinator for the Stellenbosch Smart Mobility Laboratory‚ said in a statement. "The Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project‚ open road tolling and numerous ITS (intelligent transportation systems) applications implemented along freeway corridors have also had a positive impact on traffic congestion‚ not to mention the establishment of the Gautrain."

Johannesburg’s traffic congestion rating on the index is 70th globally‚ with Cape Town in 48th place.

Despite its traffic improvement plans‚ Johannesburg has experienced a 3% increase in traffic congestion since 2015 and currently sits at a congestion level of 30%.

Traffic congestion has also worsened 5% in Cape Town‚ to a new average level of 35%.

Globally‚ cities that are experiencing the worst traffic congestion as per the index include Mexico City (66%)‚ Bangkok (61%)‚ Jakarta (58%)‚ Chongqing (52%) and Bucharest (50%)‚ making up the top five most congested cities in the world.

In Europe‚ Bucharest knocked Moscow (44%) off last year’s top spot‚ with Saint Petersburg (41%)‚ London (40%) and Marseille (40%) making up the top five.

North America’s top five most congested cities remained the same as the previous year: Mexico City (66%)‚ Los Angeles (45%)‚ San Francisco (39%)‚ Vancouver (39%) and New York (35%), although congestion levels were up across the board.

Looking at TomTom’s historical data‚ traffic congestion is up 23% globally since 2008 and 10% on 2015.

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