This week, new figures included in the Inrix Traffic Scorecard made headlines pointing out the most congested cities on the planet. The study does not include any Chinese cities, but that doesn’t mean that Chinese are free of the hassle of getting stuck in traffic on their way to or from work. Numbers from the 2017 TomTom Traffic Index
show the most congested cities in China.
Ahead of the pack is Chongqing municipality, where congestion levels are at an average 52 percent and can also reach a morning peak of 90 percent and an evening peak of 94 percent congestion. This data also earns Chongqing fourth place in the global TomTom ranking. Second up is Chengdu, with Beijing coming in third. The study defines free flowing traffic as 0 percent congestion.China has been fighting high congestion levels in the last decade
, resulting from population growth in the cities and rising car ownership rates, but in recent years the country has been trying to tackle the problem by using license plate restrictions and expanding public transit, among others.