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Traffic Congestion In Spain Falls Again In 2013 As Economy Struggles

- Annual INRIX Traffic Scorecard Report shows Spain saw biggest fall in traffic congestion in Europe in 2013 as unemployment remains high

- Spain ranks 11th of 13 European countries for time wasted in traffic, drivers spent approximately 17 hours in traffic in 2013

- No Spanish cities feature in top 25 most congested cities in Europe

- Drop in congestion appears to follow national economic trends as Spanish economy contracts again in 2013

KIRKLAND, Washington, March 4 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- New traffic data from leading traffic information and driver services provider INRIX shows that traffic in Spain has fallen again in 2013. After a 15% drop in congestion from 2011 to 2012, Spain recorded a further 8% fall in congestion in 2013 as its economy continued to struggle with high unemployment. Spanish drivers spent approximately eight fewer hours in traffic in 2013 than in 2012, as the economy contracted 1.2% in 2013[1] following negative growth of 1.64%[2] in 2012. Spain continues to struggle with high unemployment of around 26%[3].

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Across the rest of Europe, average congestion fell in 2013 as a whole, although INRIX's Annual Traffic Scorecard shows that while congestion decreased sharply in the first quarter of 2013, it rose approximately 6% on average per quarter for the final three quarters of the year, hinting at signs of a possible economic recovery.

Spanish Metropolitan Area Snapshot

Of the six Spanish cities included in the report, all six recorded falls in traffic congestion from 2012 to 2013. The most congested Spanish city was Bilbao, where drivers spent approximately 24 hours in traffic in 2013, a fall of eight hours on the previous year's figures. The Spanish capital Madrid followed closely in second, with Valencia recording the largest fall in time spent in congestion: a decrease of approximately 17 hours from 2012.

Spanish metropolitan areas – hours wasted in traffic in 2013


Rank

Spanish Metropolitan Area

Hours Wasted in 2013

Change in hours wasted from 2012 to 2013

1

Bilbao

24

-8

2

Madrid

23

-3

3

Sevilla

16

-10

4

Zaragoza

16

-9

5

Barcelona

15

-3

6

Valencia

11

-17




Spain's worst roads

The INRIX Traffic Scorecard also records data on the worst roads in Europe. Spain's worst roads based on total delays per year in the worst peak period (either morning or evening) are included below:

Rank

Metro Area

Road(s)

Between

And

Distance
(km)

Worst
Peak
Period
(morning
or
afternoon)

Total
Delay
per
Year
(hours)

1

Barcelona

B-10

B-20/Montgat/Ronda de
Dalt/Lleida/Girona/Terrassa

(dir.Besòs)Zona
Franca/Port/Fira/Pg.Zona
Franca

18.9

pm

29

2

Barcelona

B-23

Barcelona (Av. Diagonal)

Molins de Rei Sud/Pol.el
Pla/St.Feliu/A-2/BV-2002

9.9

am

20

3

Madrid

A-2

M-50

M-30

15.6

am

21

4

Madrid

M-40

M-503

M-607

22.3

am

27



Traffic in Spain: how we measure up

The amount of time Spanish drivers spent in traffic throughout the year has decreased from approximately 25 hours in 2012 to approximately 17 hours in 2013, the largest decrease of any European country included in the INRIX Scorecard. This puts Spain in 11th place in Europe for time spent in traffic in 2013, above only Hungary and Portugal.

According to the amount of hours wa

sted annually by drivers, Europe's worst countries for traffic congestion in 2013 were:


2013 Rank

2012 Rank

Country

Hours Wasted in Traffic in 2013

Hours Wasted in Traffic in 2012

Change in Hours Wasted from 2012 to 2013

1

1

Belgium

58

58

no change

2

2

Netherlands

44

51

-7

3

4

Germany

35

36

1

4

3

France

35

37

-2

5

6

Luxembourg

31

28

3

6

5

United Kingdom

30

29

1

7

10

Italy

24

21

3

8

9

Switzerland

25

22

3

9

7

Austria

22

25

-3

10

11

Ireland

20

19

1

11

8

Spain

17

25

-8

12

12

Hungary

9

15

-6

13

13

Portugal

6

11

-5




The situation in mainland Europe in 2013

INRIX analysed data from 13 European countries and the congestion landscape generally aligned closely with each country's economic outlook. Those nations struggling with high unemployment and low or negative growth in 2013 typically recorded lower traffic congestion than in 2012. Spain and Portugal are both examples of this trend: in 2013 Spain's economy contracted by 1.2%[4] and Portugal recorded record unemployment.

The data shows a marked difference from 2012 where all of the European countries saw decreases in congestion. In 2013, five nations recorded increases in congestion according to the INRIX Index: the UK, Ireland, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Italy. The Swiss[5] and British economies both grew by 1.9% in 2013. Although full-year figures have not been released for Ireland and Luxembourg, estimates state that Ireland is expected to grow by 1.3%[6] and Luxembourg by 1.9%[7] in 2013. The general trend is that the countries showing increased congestion have a positive economic outlook, while those economies still struggling are seeing falling congestion.

"So goes traffic, so goes the economy," said Bryan Mistele, president and CEO, INRIX. "While bad news for drivers, increases in traffic congestion in Europe are signs of a slowly recovering economy."

The Scorecard analysed traffic in major metropolitan areas across Europe, providing a comprehensive snapshot into the intractable issues of urban traffic congestion.  No Spanish cities entered into the top 25, with Spain's busiest city Bilbao only registering as 59th most congested European city. According to the report, the top 25 most congested cities in Europe and annual average hours wasted in traffic are:


2013 Rank

2012 Rank

Metropolitan area

Hours Wasted in 2013

Annual Change in Hours from 2012

1

1

Brussels

83

0

2

3

London commute zone

82

9

3

2

Antwerp

78

1

4

4

Rotterdam

63

-8

5

5

Stuttgart

60

-5

6

9

Cologne

56

-2

7

13

Milan

56

5

8

6

Paris

55

-8

9

10

Ghent

54

1

10

15

Karlsruhe

53

5

11

8

Amsterdam

50

-9

12

11

's Gravenhage

49

-3

13

14

Dusseldorf

49

-2

14

12

Hamburg

48

-3

15

7

Utrecht

48

-13

16

19

Gr. Manchester

46

1

17

18

Munich

44

-0

18

17

Lyon

44

-3

19

22

Grenoble

42

1

20

20

Charleroi

41

-1

21

16

Bordeaux

41

-5

22

23

Ruhrgebiet

40

0

23

21

Toulouse

39

-1

24

24

Merseyside

39

2

25

25

S. Nottinghamshire

39

3




The INRIX Index represents the barometer of congestion intensity. For a road segment with no congestion, the INRIX Index would be zero. Each additional point in the INRIX Index represents a percentage point increase in the average travel time of a commute above free-flow conditions during peak hours. An INRIX Index of 30, for example, indicates a 20-minute free-flow trip will take 26 minutes during the peak travel time periods with a 6-minute (30 percent) increase over free-flow.

For more information

For a full picture of the data collected in the 2013 Annual INRIX Traffic Scorecard, please visit inrix.scorecard.com.

About the INRIX Traffic Scorecard

The INRIX Traffic Scorecard measures the traffic congestion problem by going beyond traditional limitations of road sensors and statistical sampling techniques by analysing an historical archive of real-time data crowd-sourced from actual vehicles travelling on major metropolitan roadways.  

INRIX analyses trillions of real-time data points from over a hundred sources including crowd-sourced data from a variety of commercial vehicles, including taxis, airport shuttles, service delivery vans, long haul trucks as well as consumer vehicles and mobile devices.  Each data report from these GPS-equipped vehicles and devices includes the speed, location and heading of a particular vehicle at a reported date and time. In creating the INRIX Traffic Scorecard, INRIX analyses information for more than one million kilometres of motorways and secondary roads in Europe and nearly two million miles of roads in North America during every hour of the day to generate the most comprehensive and timely congestion analyses to date, covering the largest metropolitan areas in 15 countries.

The same data used to generate the Scorecard also powers INRIX Traffic, a free smartphone app that helps drivers avoid frustrating delays stuck in traffic. The INRIX Traffic app helps drivers never be late with insights from the world's largest traffic network into the fastest routes from home to work, recommended departure and travel times, traffic forecasts and personalised traffic alerts unique to driver's routes.  More information about INRIX Traffic can be found at http://inrixtraffic.com.

More details on traffic congestion in a particular country and how countries and cities compare to each other, along with an executive summary of the report's key findings are now available at scorecard.inrix.com. The extensive data powering the INRIX Traffic Scorecard is immediately available under license for further analysis and review by government agencies and commercial organisations.

About INRIX

INRIX is one of the fastest growing big data technology companies in the world.  The company leverages big data analytics to reduce the individual, economic and environmental toll of traffic congestion. Through cutting-edge data intelligence and predictive traffic technologies, INRIX helps leading automakers, fleets, governments and news organizations make it easier for drivers to navigate their world. Our vision is simple – to solve traffic, empower drivers, inform planning and enhance commerce. 

Whether through an in-car or smartphone navigation application, a local newscast or our INRIX Traffic app, our up-to-the-minute traffic information and other driver services help more than 150 million drivers save time, fuel and frustration. INRIX delivers traffic and driving-related insight, as well as sophisticated analytical tools and services across six industries covering nearly four million miles of road in 37 countries.  For more information visit us at www.INRIX.com.

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