Brussels is traffic-jam capital of the world
Nowhere in the world do drivers spend more time sitting in traffic than in Brussels and Antwerp, according to a survey carried out by the traffic information platform Inrix. Brussels with 85.4 hours and Antwerp with 76.7 hours a year are in the top two places. The cities rounding out the top five are Los Angeles, Milan and London.
Belgium as a whole is the worst country on the list, with 59.7 hours a year of tailbacks, an increase on the last figures published by Inrix in April. The Netherlands comes second with 46.1 hours, down from 52 hours in April.
The reasons, according to traffic scientist Isaak Yperman of the Leuven-based Transport & Mobility centre, are several. “The ring roads around Antwerp and Brussels gather together an extreme quantity of traffic along a relatively short distance,” he told the VRT. “Brussels attracts a great many commuters who live outside the city.”
The two cities also see a great deal of freight traffic because of the port of Antwerp and Brussels’ central position on the northern European road network.