Either congestion is improving in Luxembourg or it is worsening elsewhere, after the capital eased from 134 to 148 in a ranking of the worst cities for traffic.
Luxembourg City moved from 134 to 148 in the latest Inrix global traffic scorecard
The Inrix global traffic scorecard saw Luxembourg City jump 14 places from 2016 to 2017, with motorists spending 20% of their driving time in jams at peak times (and 9% of total drive time). The report recorded motorists spent on average 33 hours per year stuck in traffic, a tally which had improved on the previous year.
Esch-sur-Alzette also improved its placing, shifting from 350 to 423. Motorists spent 13% of their drive time stuck in traffic equivalent to 21 hours per year, a figure which rose from the previous year despite the improved ranking. The survey suggests that the situation was better over the border in Metz, which occupied position 1,261, and Thionville, position 1,067.
The ranking analysed 1,360 towns and cities in 38 countries. The most-congested city was Los Angeles, followed by Moscow, New York, Sao Paulo and San Francisco.
Report author and Inrix research chief Graham Cookson concluded that although some cities were bucking the trend, congestion is growing over time.
Cities with the most marked improvements were closely linked to vast investments in road infrastructure and better managing the demand and supply for roads.
“That includes smoothing demand through flexible working, avoiding peak hour trips through remote working, ride sharing and encouraging the efficient use of our roads through wider adoption of road user pricing,” Cookson wrote.
In December 2017, Luxembourg opened the first phase of the tramway, along boulevard JF Kennedy in Kirchberg, a funicular in Pfaffenthal and two trains stations in Pfaffenthal and Howald. The impact of this new infrastructure, if there is one, is not likely to be evident until the 2018 Inrix global traffic score card.
Another evolution that may play a role in the next ranking will be the introduction of car-pooling app “Copilote”, scheduled for April 2018.
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