Milan ranks tenth place in Europe for wasted time.
Milanese drivers waste an average of 52 hours a year – nearly seven working days – locked into traffic-jams, twice as long as in Cagliari, Italy’s second most congested city, reveals the annual Imrex Score Card.
There is however the good news that this represents five hours less than in 2015, and that the city has slipped from seventh to tenth worst place in the European cities surveyed.To put this into perspective, London remains the most traffic-jammed city in Europe, where Friday-evening delays on the M25 around Heathrow airport can reach an hour.
Milan has 12 out of Italy’s 20 most congested traffic corridors, the worst being the 17-km. stretch of the A4 motorway from Brianza to Viale Certosa. Friday evening delays there can reach over 38 minutes, bringing the average speed down to 42 kmh.
The Imrex report gives credit to investment in public transport for the drop of wasted time, singling out the 10 new stations on the M5 lilac line of Milan’s metro network. Although new car registrations increased by 16 percent in 2015, car sharing has proved one of the factors in reducing congestion.
Overall in Italy, motorists waste an average of 19 hours a year on top of their normal driving time. The European country record goes to Belgium, where delays cost 44 hours
The data are published by Imrex, the Kirkland (WA) USA-based company which provides traffic statistics and analysis to businesses and governments in 40 countries across the globe.