London Claims Most Traffic Congested City in Europe Prize


Paris and Dublin next in snarl-up hall of shame and things set to get worse

London Claims Most Traffic Congested City in Europe Prize.Comgestion

LONDON has been crowned king of the traffic jam, its roads suffering the worst road congestion of any city in Europe and experts say new measures brought in by Boris Johnson are likely to make things even more stuffed up.

According to research by digital map company Navteq, London leads a list of European cities for regular snarl-ups, with Paris and Dublin taking second and third worst spots. At seventh place in the league table, Manchester is the only other UK city in the top ten.

Navteq has piles of data on traffic thanks to its products being used by police departments, local authorities and all sorts of GPS devices.

The company's European boss, Andreas Erwig, takes a Zen-like approach to traffic problems.

"[Local] circumstances and many others intersect with time to produce traffic," he said.

"Because the fascinating complexity of traffic is that it's not only about movement from here to there, but from now to then."

Meanwhile, London Mayor Boris Johnson has scrapped the western extension bit of the Congestion Charge zone, which is set to increase traffic flows.

Johnson has also put up bus and Tube fares and changed traffic light phasing, both of which are predicted to make driving more attractive and therefore increase congestion.

Those Most Congested Euro Cities in Full:

1. London
2. Paris
3. Dublin
4. Berlin
5. Stockholm
6. Hamburg
7. Manchester
8. Lyon
9. Vienna
10. Marseilles

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 2011-01-07 23:38.

There is a solution: driving and manufacturing ultra-narrow cars and straddling busses.

Hopefully, the next generation won't have to waste their precious lives with the stupidity of traffic congestion.

Ultra-narrow cars:

Straddling busses:

Submitted by Peter on Sat, 2011-01-08 15:29.

At $150k a pop the cars are a bit steep. Better off with a (pedal/motor) bike me thinks.

The buses however are a great idea - not sure how they'd fit in our narrow streets though.

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 2011-01-13 03:29.

New technology is often very expensive to the initial consumer. The first personal computers, VCRs, DVD players, and cell phones cost a lot more than they do now.

Hopefully the Chinese busses will get manufactured, and we'll find a way to put the technology to use on all kinds of different widths of streets.

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