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2019-07-28 08:56
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Next time you're sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic, spare a thought for motorists in Mumbai as the city takes the title of world's 'most traffic congested city', according to TomTom's annual traffic index.

Mumbai takes the top spot drivers in the Indian city expecting to spend an average of 65% extra travel time stuck in traffic. Next in the global rankings are the Colombian capital of Bogota (63%), Lima in Peru (58%), New Delhi in India (58%) and Russian Capital, Moscow (56%), making up the top five most congested cities in the world.


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Congestion on the rise globally

Traffic congestion has increased globally during the last decade, and nearly 75% of the cities TomTom included in the new Traffic Index report had increased or stable congestion levels from 2017 to 2018, with only 90 cities showing measurable decreases.

There are significant differences between continents: for example, decreases were measured in Asia, with a large decrease in congestion (-8%) in Jakarta, while nearly every city in South America posted increases, the largest (8%) taking place in Lima, Peru.

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Ralf-Peter Schäfer, TomTom’s VP of Traffic information, said: “Globally, traffic congestion is rising. And that’s both good, and bad, news. It’s good because it indicates a strong global economy, but the flip side is drivers wasting time sitting in traffic, not to mention the huge environmental impact.”


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Cape Town ranks 90th on the company's list followed by Johannesburg (105th). Durban is ranked at 308 followed by Bloemfontein at 391 in the world..

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