Auckland traffic congestion takes its toll

10:15, December 14, 2010      

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Traffic congestion is harming their health and work or classroom output, said almost a third of drivers in New Zealand's largest city of Auckland.

An international survey of drivers in 23 cities around the world found 80 percent of Auckland drivers complained about travel stress

In the "commuter-pain" index commissioned by technology giant IBM, 402 Auckland drivers were surveyed in October and 74 percent said they regularly traveled to work in single-occupancy cars.

Of the 402 drivers, 30 percent complained of negative health effects, particularly higher stress and anger levels, the New Zealand Herald reported on Tuesday.

The average commuter time in Auckland was 26 minutes over 17 km at 39 kmh.

In Auckland nearly half the drivers questioned said they had been stuck in traffic for an hour or longer in the past three years and 27 percent said the congestion was so bad they had returned home.

The findings followed estimates that up to 1 billion NZ dollars (760 million U.S. dollars) was lost to Auckland's economy each year through congestion, the newspaper said.

Source: Xinhua

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