By Tara Rippin •
Published: 20 Jan 2021 • 18:09
Barcelona was the most congested city in Spain in 2020 despite a 19 per cent reduction in traffic jams worldwide due to the pandemic.
BEHIND Spain, the most clogged up cities are Granada, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Valencia, Palma de Mallorca, Santander and Murcia.
This is according to the latest TomTom Traffic Index report that analysed traffic jams in 416 cities in 57 countries last year.
Although the ranking of the world’s most congested cities has changed very little from 2019, the biggest change is to what extent congestion levels have decreased due to the global pandemic.
Of the 416 cities included in the ranking, 387 registered a significant decrease – average of 21 per cent – in traffic jams, and a notable average decrease of 28 per cent in congestion during peak hours.
All the same, motorists in Barcelona saw an average level of 22 per cent – a figure obtained by measuring the added time a driver spends in making a journey compared to the same route in fluid traffic.
While drivers in Barcelona lost an average of 43 fewer hours behind the wheel per year due to mobility restrictions caused by the pandemic, it is estimated that vehicle users in the city still spent 85 hours stuck in traffic in 2020.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
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