If you’ve ever sat in Melbourne traffic thinking, this couldn’t get any worse, then you wouldn’t be wrong.

According to new data from the Australian Automobile Association, Melburnians wait longer in traffic than anyone else in the country.

In statistics obtained by The Age, travel speeds on a trip to Tullamarine from the CBD have dropped by nearly 20 per cent between 2013 and 2018. 

During morning peak period, drivers are required to travel as slow as 51km/h, adding an extra 3.3 minutes to the journey. 

“Improving Melburnians ability to embrace multi-modal transport is another solution to solving our congestion issue,” HERE Technologies Senior Product Manager Ben Wilson said in a statement.

“Not everyone has the luxury of using public transport door-to-door, so for those who rely on their cars to do their jobs, we need to apply innovative approaches to multi-modal transport to reduce the impact on the traffic commuters face on a daily basis.

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“Governments and industry leaders need to work together, and by using location technology and analysing historical traffic data they can make more informed decisions on urban planning and infrastructure projects.”

In the meantime, Wilson recommends drivers take advantage of real-time traffic  technology, even pinpointing which lane of traffic to drive in to avoid the congestion. 

Melbourne’s Slowest Roads:

HOPPERS CROSSING – CBD
2.1 minutes lost 
52.5km/h AM peak 2018

RAVENHALL – CBD
2.2 minutes lost
54.4km/h AM peak 2018

AIRPORT – CBD
3.3 minutes lost
51.4km/h AM peak 2018

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EPPING – CBD
3.1 minutes lost
58.6km/h AM peak 2018

BUNDOORA – NUNAWADING
0.3 of a minute lost
56.9km/h AM peak 2018

KEW – PARKVILLE
1 minute lost
37.0km/h AM peak 2018

BULLEEN – CBD
1.9 minutes lost
39.2km/h AM peak 2018

DANDENONG – CBD
3.1 minutes lost
58.8km/h AM peak 2018

ORMOND – CBD
3 minutes lost
44.8km/h AM peak 2018

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