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Dublin world’s 17th most congested city – report

A new report shows that Dublin is the 17th most congested city in the world, with motorists spending an average of eight days and 21 hours sitting in peak traffic a year.

The TomTom Traffic Index examines the traffic situation in 416 cities in 57 countries around the world. 

The report showed that congestion has risen across the country, especially in Dublin where waiting times have gone up by 3% in the last year. 

TomTom noted that Dublin’s ten most congested roads include Parnell Road / Grove Road, Dalymount / North Circular Road, Dorset Street Lower, Bothar Mhuirfean, Clanbrassil Street Upper, Drumcondra Road Upper, King Street North / Bolton Street, Church Street / Church Street Upper, Amiens Street and Harold’s Cross Road.

“High congestion levels can indicate strong economic activity, but they also represent lost time, productivity and potential for Dublin’s workers,” said Stephanie Leonard, Traffic Advisor at TomTom. 

“It’s time for traffic to change and, while plans around congestion charges and new cycle lane networks will help the situation, they can’t come soon enough,” she added.

Meanwhile, Cork is ranked 75th in the world for congestion, but TomTom noted that congestion is set to reduce when the city’s northern ring road is finished in 2027.

Limerick is ranked 118th in the world for congestion.

On a global basis, Bengaluru takes the top spot this year with drivers in the southern Indian city expecting to spend an average of 71% extra travel time stuck in traffic. 

Next in the global rankings are Philippine capital, Manila (71%); Bogota in Colombia (68%) – last year’s most congested city – Mumbai (65%) and Pune, in India (59%). 

Moscow takes the lead in Europe (59%) with Istanbul (55%) coming a close second. Kyiv (53%), Bucharest (52%), and Saint Petersburg (49%) make up the rest of the top five. 

Paris (39%), Rome (38%) and London (38%) ranked in at 14th, 15th and 17th respectively. 

In the US, the top five most congested cities are Los Angeles (42%), New York (37%), San Francisco (36%), San Jose (33%) and Seattle (31%).

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