Leading Dutch manufacturer of navigation systems TomTom has revealed that Istanbul is the second worst city in terms of traffic congestion in Europe.
According to the latest "Congestion Index" by TomTom, Istanbul was near the top of the list of cities with traffic congestion, striking the researchers as odd as they added Istanbul in the quarterly survey for the first time.
Nick Cohn, a traffic congestion expert at TomTom who conducted the analysis, told CNBC: "We thought it was interesting that Istanbul came top of the list as the city is new to our analysis. I think the reason why is because the city has encountered rapid economic growth but it has physical characteristics that make it challenging to navigate, such as lots of bridges and tunnels."
According to the data in the index, Moscow hit the top of the list with a traffic congestion rate of 65 percent followed by İstanbul with 57 percent. Rio de Janeiro came in third with a traffic congestion rate of 50 percent.
The growing traffic congestion problem in Istanbul continues to paralyze daily life for commuters, with the time spent in traffic becoming unbearable. Currently in Istanbul, there is almost no specific hour left for commuters to enjoy a smooth ride on the road.
Time spent in traffic is at its peak on Monday morning and Friday evening as the traffic flow is clogged during these times.
CihanGüncelleme Tarihi: 07 Kasım 2013, 11:49