According to the traffic index published by TomTom, cities have returned to pre-pandemic traffic levels.

Tomtom not only helps us move around the world thanks to the large database currently available.

In addition to simple GPS and mobile data, the company, operating in more than 400 cities in more than 50 different countries and measuring more than 600 million GPS data on mobile devices, helps us respond in the area of mobility.

Tomtom’s traffic index measures data in real time and over time, providing valuable information to analyze any territorial, socio-economic and mobility patterns throughout our lives as drivers and also for business.

In addition, C02 emissions data has been included in 2022.

To find out the current state of traffic congestion, make a comparison between the years 2019, 2020 and 2021 to find out if traffic has increased or decreased. As a starting point we can see that in 2020 during the COVID 19 pandemic, a vast majority of cities will have reduced their traffic.

But next? We will be able to see how cities have acted on public space and whether they have chosen to reduce road traffic and CO2 emissions.

Thanks to the different data provided by Tomtom, it is possible to value in which areas the most daily congestion is experienced, and also the hours where there is more traffic, as well as the number of anomalies throughout the year.

How has this traffic index been in Spain?

The TomTom index shows that the day with the most traffic congestion was October 4 2021 in the city of Barcelona.

The cities that lose the most time to traffic jams are Barcelona and Palma, with an average time of 59 minutes throughout the year, which is reflected in more than two calendar days. Peak hours are reflected between 7 and 9 a.m. and 5 and 7 p.m., linked to labour mobility.

After the pandemic, all cities show an increase in road traffic, with Palma, A Coruña, Murcia, Seville and Barcelona topping the list, and cities such as Valladolid, Bilbao and Zaragoza showing the least traffic increase.

In the total list of Spanish cities, we can reflect the cities with the most traffic and those with the least traffic, such as: Zaragoza, Valladolid, San Sebastián, Cartagena, Bilbao and Cádiz.

This report concludes that motorisation levels have returned to pre-COVID levels, although in many cities it has decreased.


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