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28th Nov 2020

Drivers in EU capital spend three days a year stuck in traffic

  • The Rue de la Loi in the heart of the EU quarter in Brussels. Monday mornings are the worst time to drive (Photo: EUobserver)

The EU capital is northern Europe's fifth most congested city with drivers on average wasting 65 hours a year sitting in traffic according to fresh research by US software company Inrix.

The survey, based on GPS data collected in the Benelux countries, France, Germany and the UK in 2009, shows that Utretch in the Netherlands (75 hours) is the region's worst place to be a driver.

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Manchester in the UK clocks in second (72 hours), followed by Paris (70 hours) and the Dutch city of Arnhem (67 hours). Amsterdam shares fifth place with Brussels. Antwerp, Belfast, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and The Hague also top the 60-hour mark.

London (54 hours) and Berlin (35 hours) score relatively well. French cities, most of which fall in the 20-to-30-hours zone, come out best overall. Many British and German towns tend to fall in the 40-to-60-hours zone.

Zooming in on Brussels, Inrix says the worst time to be on the road is between 8am and 9am on a Monday morning on the ring road around the city, which brings in thousands of EU staff from the green belt surrounding the capital.

In the Benelux region in general, the worst time to drive is Thursday morning and the best time is Friday morning.

"With roads in Belgium clogged with traffic congestion on average 26 hours a week across the region's worst bottlenecks, traffic continues to have a major impact on European mobility, the economy and the environment," Inrix Europe boss Hans Puvogel said in a statement on Wednesday (3 November).

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