Traffic congestion: Capetonians spending 75% more time in vehicles

Megan Bruwer, transportation engineering lecturer at the Civil Engineering Department of Stellenbosch University, explains to Cape Talk's Kieno Kammies how and why traffic congestion in the City of Cape Town and surrounds has escalated in recent years.

Traffic is definitely increasing.

Megan Bruwer, Transportation engineering lecturer - Civil Engineering Department of Stellenbosch University

Traffic volumes increase by 3-4% annually, though this will depend on which roads are being used, she adds.

This is more than the natural growth of the population, and this is just because of more registered cars on the road every year.

Megan Bruwer, Transportation engineering lecturer - Civil Engineering Department of Stellenbosch University

Owning a vehicle has become increasingly a status symbol in society, she says.

Inrex and TomTom data are the two sources used by Stellenbosch University in its research into traffic congestion.

Both these sources are saying Cape Town has the worst congestion levels in the whole of South Africa.

Megan Bruwer, Transportation engineering lecturer - Civil Engineering Department of Stellenbosch University

TomTom ranks Cape Town 49th in the world out of 190 cities. Johannesburg is 82nd.

Capetonians are spending 75% more time in their vehicles because of the congestion during peak hours - 42 minutes more spent in traffic.

We are spending the same amount of time in our vehicles as New York.

Megan Bruwer, Transportation engineering lecturer - Civil Engineering Department of Stellenbosch University

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