Global Congestion Then & Now: Coronavirus Edition

On 23rd March 2020, life as we know it changed dramatically in the United Kingdom. The country entered an unprecedented state of police-enforced lockdown, with thousands of schools, offices, bars and restaurants all shutting their doors for the foreseeable future; and we’re not the only ones. In fact, more than a third of the world’s population is currently under some form of restriction.

We hear daily in the news how COVID-19 has impacted air pollution; so with millions of people staying at home and the daily commute to work nothing but a distant memory, how has the pandemic, and more specifically, lockdown affected congestion?

Using the 2019 TomTom Traffic Index, and live TomTom traffic data, we’ve put together a comprehensive year-on-year comparison of average congestion levels and journey times. Check out the interactive presentation below to find out just how much coronavirus is affecting congestion in some of the world’s major cities.