Auck­land worst in class

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - AMANDA SAXTON

It will come as no com­fort to Auck­land drivers re­turn­ing to work after hol­i­days that the roads in the City of Sails are as te­diously clogged as they re­mem­ber.

Ac­cord­ing to the Aus­troads Con­ges­tion and Re­li­a­bil­ity Re­view, Auck­land is a poor per­former for its size. The re­port com­pared lev­els of con­ges­tion and travel time volatil­ity be­tween Auck­land, Perth, Bris­bane and Ade­laide - all sim­i­larly sized cities - along with some slightly smaller North Amer­i­can coun­ter­parts. Out of that group, Auck­land per­formed worst across ‘‘most mea­sures’’.

These in­cluded the high­est travel time de­lay, morn­ing and af­ter­noon peak re­li­a­bil­ity.

With an av­er­age speed of

77.6kmh, Auck­land had the slow­est mov­ing mo­tor­way flow. Ade­laide’s was fastest, with ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling on av­er­age at 86.2kmh.

Canada’s cap­i­tal Ottawa, how­ever, saw its com­muters mov­ing at an il­le­gally speedy - by Kiwi stan­dards - 104.4kmh.

St Lukes Rd was Auck­land’s most slug­gish main thor­ough­fare - with cars crawl­ing along at an av­er­age 22kmh. The North­ern Gate­way toll road was deemed our zip­pi­est with av­er­age speeds of 98kmh.

Auck­lan­ders were also the most de­layed peak hour com­muters out of the group. Drivers in the larger cities of Mel­bourne and Syd­ney were sig­nif­i­cantly worse-off, how­ever.

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