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TomTom data used to compile list of Europe's most congested cities
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27 April 2010

Brussels is Europe's most congested city, according to a new survey by sat-nav manufacturer TomTom.

Using speed data captured by its sat-navs, TomTom says drivers in Brussels face congestion on 37.7 per cent of its roads.

TomTom defines congestion as when drivers have to travel at 70 per cent or less of the speed limit, and only analysed date from cities with a population of 500,000 or more.

London was fourth in the poll, with congestion on 34.7 per cent of routes.

Edinburgh was fifth on 34.5 per cent.

Top ten most congested European cities

1 Brussels 2 Warsaw 3 Wroclaw 4 London 5 Edinburgh 6 Dublin 7 Belfast 8 Marseille 9 Paris 10= Luxembourg 10= Milan

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Robert Enyedi 28 April 2010

Re: Europe's most congested city

Sampling is the basis of statistics, sure, but you need to have a representative sample! This briefly means that the sample should have about the same structure as the whole collective (the closest, the more accurate the conclusion).

I can image a wild range of reasons why TomTom couldn't have had a representative sample, but let's just focus on a single one: cars whose drivers can't afford or do not want/need a GPS are not in the sample. In cities like Bucharest that's around 80-90%.

fuzzybear 28 April 2010

Re: Europe's most congested city

I would disagree with Belfast being up there. I find it one of the easiest cities to get in & out of (even in rush hr) Londons pretty bad.Dublins just pathetic.Awful place to drive and drivers who don't really pay attention or have any spacial awareness.Not surprising though , since they just give away driving licences when there's a backlog and until recently allowed people to drive for years with just L plates and no supervision

sierra 27 April 2010

Re: Europe's most congested city

My vote for least ongested - Madrid. Regularly pass through, and my sat-nav ETA improves whilst travelling from one side of the city to the other.

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