According to a survey conducted by a transportation analytics solution organisation, the most congested cities in the world have been declared for 2022 and London takes the top spot. Here’s all you need to know about this list.
The world is slowly recovering from the pandemic. With China finally opening its borders after three years, travel has resumed to what it was pre-COVID. But that’s not the only thing that is back to its old state. Traffic is just as bad as it was before the pandemic hit us. During the lockdown, the streets had quietened and traffic was at an all-time low. But now, it seems like the traffic has just gotten worse, surpassing traffic levels of the pre-COVID era.
INRIX, a private company that provides location-based data analytics, published a study that compiled the traffic data of all the major cities in the world. Known as the “Global Traffic Scorecard”, the study revealed which were the most congested cities in the world.
Bob Pishue, the man behind the report, mentioned how it is “great to see civic and commercial life returning to normal”. However, he added that “we must manage congestion while improving mobility and accessibility in cities to avoid it hurting economic recovery and impacting the quality of life of commuters and residents”, as reported by Bloomberg.
The list is dominated by cities in Europe and US, with London taking the first spot. However, it is essential to notice that five American cities have made it to the list, with Chicago ranking as the second most congested city.
The top 10 congested cities in the world:
- New York
The most congested city in the world – London:
London has ranked first in the INRIX report, making it to be the most congested city in the world. This is the second time in a row that London has been given this status. According to the Traffic Scorecard, London drivers have lost 156 hours sitting in congestion, five per cent more than the pre-pandemic delays. That’s not all, commuting in London cost the average driver GBP 1,377 (INR 1,36,963). Even though London’s traffic and congestion have gained the number one ranking, it is also been given the title of being the best city in the world (read more about it here).
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