Milan comes at the top of the list, followed by Brussels and Antwerp. In Belgium as a whole, the average motorist spends 55 hours a year in traffic, the worst score in the survey. In Brussels, the figure goes up to 70.5 hours, and in Antwerp 70.2. Ghent comes third in Belgium on 50 hours. The worst place to be is, apparently, in Antwerp on a Friday between 16.00 and 17.00, when you can expect your journey to take 40% longer than at other times.
Motoring organisation Touring said the figures were “the result of decisions not being thought through” and compared Belgian cities to “fortified fortresses” where traffic was held on the outskirts, with no options like park-and-ride zones.
Flemish mobility minister Hilde Crevits noted that the number of roadworks at present was not helping the problem but warned that there are “no miracle solutions. There is a need for major investment, not only in the roads network but also in public transport, and in improving road safety so that there are fewer accidents to disrupt traffic.”