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30 November 2018

London comes first for public transport but suffers from congested roads, says Here Technologies

First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com

London has the best public transport system in the world - but the UK capital’s roads are among the most congested, says a new report.

Here Technologies’ Urban Mobility Index ranked transit efficiency in 38 cities based on their public transport frequency, density and coverage as well as how public transport performs against car speed.

Just behind London are Zurich, Toronto, Washington, DC and Stockholm.

However, London was ranked 34th for congestion.

The top five least-congested cities are: Helsinki, Madrid, Zurich, Berlin and Copenhagen.

The index combines Here’s mapping information with open source data to assess cities across multiple indicators. These include traffic congestion and time spent in traffic as well as speed, efficiency, automation and affordability of each city’s transportation network. Also taken into account are the amount of green spaces, the development of low emission zones and the availability of electric vehicle charging points and bike-sharing schemes.

Peter Kürpick, executive vice president and chief platform officer at Here, says: “The metrics we have chosen draw on a wide range of data to show where leading cities are in providing urban mobility to their citizens and visitors.”

In August, Here toppled Google as the world's leading location platform, according to a report from analyst Ovum.

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