Most traffic delays in The Hague, cheapest petrol in Den Bosch

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The TomTom Traffic index of 2023 has calculated this for us

Most traffic delays in The Hague, cheapest petrol in Den Bosch

Every year, TomTom makes an overview of delays and other fun and less fun facts that the company can derive from the mountains of data that TomTom’s traffic service collects. From the cities with the most delays due to traffic jams to the cities where cars move the least quickly. And not only for the Netherlands, but also for the rest of the world TomTom Traffic is active.

Most delays due to traffic jams in The Hague

As Dutch people, we know that traffic jams are a daily activity for many people, especially in the west and center of our country. According to TomTom Traffic, you most often, or for the longest time, spend time in traffic jams in The Hague during rush hour. If you work 230 days in that city and live 10 kilometers from your work, you would have been stuck in traffic for more than 72 and a half hours in 2023. The people of Utrecht lost almost 71 hours in traffic jams and the people of Nijmegen were number three with almost 60 and a half hours.

Amsterdammers can still get away with just over 55 hours. That city ranked fifth in terms of traffic jams in 2023, just behind Rotterdam, where commuters spent almost 59 hours in traffic jams last year.

The cheapest way to drive was in Den Bosch

TomTom Traffic also keeps track of fuel prices. Although the average driver who lives in a strip of approximately 30 kilometers from the Belgian or German border knows that you have to cross the border for the cheapest petrol and diesel, this does not apply to millions of other Dutch motorists. According to TomTom, they could drive the cheapest in Den Bosch last year. Amsterdam was the most expensive.

This calculation does not only take into account the price of petrol, diesel and electricity. TomTom Traffic also takes into account the loss of fuel or electricity caused by traffic jams and other delays. “For diesel cars, the average car journey in 2023 was 14% cheaper than in 2022, and for petrol cars 10% cheaper. Additional fuel costs (petrol and diesel together) caused by traffic delays have also decreased by 5%. Yet the average fuel car resulted in €75 in additional costs annually due to traffic congestion,” said TomTom.

Below are the top 5 most expensive cities in the Netherlands. This assumes fuel costs for 10,000 kilometers per year. Den Bosch, as the cheapest city at 1047 euros, is not on that list.

The five most expensive cities in the Netherlands to drive in.

Extra pollution from traffic

Naturally, the additional CO2 emissions caused by all the delays and driving in city traffic in the Netherlands were also taken into account. Of all Dutch cities, a fuel car in Amsterdam is the most polluting with an average of 1632 kilos of CO2 emissions per car. The causes for this may include unfavorable infrastructure, which means that motorists have to brake and accelerate a lot, for example. In Leiden, a fuel car emits the least (1475 kilos).

The average fuel car in the Netherlands emits 1,543 kilos of CO₂ every year. That is three kilos more than last year. To illustrate: to offset 1,500 kilos of CO₂, 150 trees would have to be planted. Traffic is also an important factor here. Due to traffic congestion, the average fuel car emits an additional 100 kilos of CO₂ per year.

The average CO2 emissions from fuel cars per city, and the additional emissions from traffic.

Cycling is always faster in London

The TomTom Traffic index also has data on commuting (10 kilometers one way) in other cities and countries. This shows that you are almost always faster in London if you go by bike. By car you can barely reach an average speed of 14 kilometers per hour in that city during rush hours. In other words, it takes you 45 minutes by car to your workplace, 10 kilometers away. With an e-bike, but also with a regular bicycle, you arrive much sooner.

Looking at the extra time that people in other cities in the world spend on their commute (230 working days, 10 kilometers one way), we can still do well even here in The Hague. In Dublin (Ireland), commuters spent an additional 158 hours in traffic jams last year, followed by Lima (Peru) with 157 hours and Mexico City with 152 hours.

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