TomTom interview surveys show Belfast is the most congested city

A recent poll released by satellite navigation and traffic information company TomTom, shows that Belfast is the most congested city in the UK – and is looking likely to stay that way. This is despite a significant investment in road improvements in the city, with nearly 3km of new bus lanes, which was completed in 2013. TomTom’s traffic volume study shows that in rush-hour traffic, journeys take around 80% longer to complete than if roads are clear.

Travel options in a city like Belfast

Like all other major cities, people get around Belfast in cars, on buses, on trains, by cycle and on foot. However, the poll suggests that the average Belfast commuter still spent an extra 94 hours stuck in traffic over the past year. Other cities are also seeing an increase in congestion, with Bristol being the only city covered by the research where traffic problems had eased since the previous study.

Unsurprisingly, London came second behind Belfast for congestion levels, with journeys taking up to 67% longer in the evening rush hour. Other major cities like Manchester, Edinburgh and Birmingham have also seen increases in traffic problems, showing that there is still a need for travel options planning, covering both cars and all public transport facilities.

An interview survey can help planners and developers to find out exactly what problems drivers and other road and transport users face, informing future traffic planning decisions and ensuring that the best steps are taken to reduce congestion where possible.

Interview surveys from RDS

At Road Data Services, we specialise in collecting and delivering comprehensive survey data that provides accurate and relevant information to planners, developers, road safety bodies, local authorities and more. We use a variety of methods depending on what you need and the circumstances you are facing. Our interview surveys are carried out by a friendly team on a face-to-face basis with motorists, pedestrians and other road users. This gives you the opportunity to gather first-hand opinions on traffic flow, road use, parking, shopping and travel habits and much more. Covering both private and public transport, this is an excellent way to ensure that you have sought public opinion and use it to inform decision-making.

To find out more about how we can help, please contact us today.

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