New traffic figures have given strength to local arguments that Hobart traffic is getting worse.
A new Tom Tom Study shows Hobart traffic congestion is the third worst in Australia and the details include figures that Hobart is increasing overall travel times by 32 per cent, up 3 per cent from last year.
While the report also revealed that Wednesday really is hump day when it comes to traffic, with travel times increasing by 56 per cent in the morning on Wednesday's and 51 per cent for the afternoon rush.
These figures come just days after the Tasmanian state government revealed their proposal of a four lane highway between Sorell and Hobart.
Research highlights include:
- Traffic in Hobart is increasing overall travel times by 32%, up 3% from 2016
- This is extending the time spent on the road by an average of 32 minutes per day, up 14% on last year
- Hobart remains as Australia’s third most congested city
- Since 2008, congestion has increased by 10%, with the biggest increase taking from 2005 onwards
The TomTom Traffic Index Report says approximately $80.77 million worth of time is being lost per year due to traffic in Hobart with time spent on the road increasing by 32 minutes per day, costing the 35,901 commercial vehicle drivers in the city around $9.75 per day – a 14 per cent increase on last year.