Sydney drivers spend four weeks a year in traffic: report

Sydney has been crowned the most congested city in Australia, with the average motorist spending up to four weeks each year in traffic.

A traffic index report issued by Tom Tom showed that Australia is on track to surpass the world average for traffic congestion, with the number of cars on the road having increased by 35 percent since 2008.

The global average increase was 23 percent.

The report found that Sydney’s traffic is worse than that of Paris, New York and Berlin, with the average Sydney motorist spending an extra 41 minutes behind the wheel during peak times.

In the east of the city, congestion has increased by 39 percent since 2008.

Elsewhere, Melbourne, Wollongong and the Gold Coast have seen a four percent increase in traffic since last year, while Perth congestion has remained constant since 2014.

Traffic has increased by 32 percent in Hobart since 2008, by 28 percent in Brisbane, and by 27 percent in Adelaide.

Tom Tom’s Vice President of sales in the Asia Pacific, Phil Allen, said the annual report was a stark reminder for Aussies to consider other modes of transport when commuting during peak hour times.

© Nine Digital Pty Ltd 2017


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