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A new report shows that drivers in London are wasting more than 100 hours per year fighting with city traffic.

Technology and transportation analytics INRIX released its 2015 traffic report after it analysed congestions in more than 100 cities worldwide. The data showed that London topped the list, with drivers wasting an average of 101 hours, or more than four days, in gridlock in 2015. Across the UK, drivers spent 30 hours on average in delays last year, consistent with 2014, but the UK dropped to sixth in the European ranking – despite traffic being up in 61 percent of cities – as a result of Switzerland seeing a rise in traffic levels.

Of the 13 European countries under analysis, 70 percent experienced a decrease in congestion in 2015. This can be attributed to a sluggish Europe-wide economy, with an average quarterly GDP growth rate of 0.3 percent in the second half of last year, which remains below the pre-crisis peak of 2008. Belgium topped the list with drivers spending 44 hours in traffic congestion, followed by the Netherlands (39 hours) and Germany (38). Although London topped the list, Stuttgart experienced the highest increase, reaching 73 average hours wasted in 2015, 14 percent up from 2014.

Brussels – Europe’s most congested city in 2012 and 2013 and second to London in 2014 – marked a significant drop in delays in 2015, due to recently made investments to strengthen key suburban rail services in and around the city to help ease gridlock, the report says.

At the global city level, London was followed by Los Angeles (81 hours), Washington D.C. (75), San Francisco (75), Houston (74), New York (73), Stuttgart (73), Antwerp (71), Cologne (71) and Brussels (70). Drivers using the top 10 worst roads globally waste on average 110 hours a year, or more than 4.5 days, in gridlock. Of these, four are in Los Angeles, three in Moscow, followed by roads in London, Brussels and Munich.

Of the countries measured by the INRIX, the US leads with the highest annual hours wasted in traffic, an average of nearly 50 hours in 2015.

 

Countries in Europe with the highest levels of congestion (ranked by annual hours wasted):

European Country 2015 Rank  European Country 2014 Rank Country 2014 Avg. Hours Wasted 2015 Avg. Hours Wasted  Change from 2014 in Hours
1 1 Belgium 51 44 -6.3
2 2 Netherlands 41 39 -1.5
3 3 Germany 39 38 -0.7
4 4 Luxemburg 34 33 -0.9
5 6 Switzerland 29 30 1.2
6 5 UK 30 30 -0.1
7 7 France 29 28 -0.3
8 8 Austria 25 25 0.4
9 9 Ireland 24 25 0.5
10 10 Italy 20 19 -0.6
11 11 Spain 17 18 0.2
12 12 Portugal 6 6 -0.2
13 13 Hungary 5 5 -1.0

 

Europe’s most congested metropolitan areas in 2015 (ranked by annual hours wasted):

Rank 2015 Rank 2014 Metro 2015 Total Hours Wasted Change from 2014 in Hours
1 1 London Commute Zone 101 +5.2
2 5 Stuttgart 73 +8.5
3 4 Antwerp 71 +6.6
4 3 Cologne 71 +5.2
5 2 Brussels 70 -4.2
6 N/a Moscow 57 N/a
7 6 Karlsruhe 54 -8.9
8 14 Munich 53 +4.5
9 9 Utrecht 53 +0.1
10 7 Milan 52 -5.0
11 11 Gr. Manchester 51 -0.4
12 8 Düsseldorf 50 -3.2
13 12 s-Gravenhage (The Hague) 48 -2.6
14 15 Rotterdam 46 -2.1
15 16 Paris 45 +0.1

 

City by city, here’s how the top 10 cities in the US with the worst traffic rank in terms of average time wasted per commuter:

  1. Los Angeles, CA – 81 hours
  2. Washington, DC – 75 hours
  3. San Francisco, CA – 75 hours
  4. Houston, TX – 74 hours
  5. New York, NY – 73 hours
  6. Seattle, WA – 66 hours
  7. Boston, MA – 64 hours
  8. Chicago, IL – 60 hours
  9. Atlanta, GA – 59 hours
  10. Honolulu, HI – 49 hours