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Melbourne’s Western Ring Road has a speed limit of 100km/hr an hour but records an average weekday speed of just 78km/hr. COURTESY: AAP

Melbourne has been ranked 25 out of 38 global cities when it comes to the amount of time commuters spend sitting in traffic.

A new report has ranked Australia’s second biggest city behind Rome, New York City and Singapore as worse for traffic congestion.

The ‘Urban Mobility Index’ report, developed by Here Technologies, used real time data to assess road congestion, sustainability and public transport affordability and efficacy.

Out of 38 cities, Melbourne was still ranked ahead of Sydney, which came in at 27.

Melbourne’s Western Ring Road has a speed limit of 100km/hr an hour but records an average weekday speed of just 78km/hr.

The West Gate didn’t fare much better while on Kings Way and Alexandra Parade average speeds are nearly half the designated speed limits.

Melbourne’s Western Ring Road has a speed limit of 100km/hr an hour but records an average weekday speed of just 78km/hr.

Melbourne’s Western Ring Road has a speed limit of 100km/hr an hour but records an average weekday speed of just 78km/hr. (AAP)

And on Hoddle Street, the average speed is 32 kilometres an hour below what’s permitted.
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RACV manager of mobility advocacy Dave Jones told 9News.com.au the government needs to remove parked cars from some key arterial corridors.

“On street parking can be removed to provide bus lanes, bike lanes or extra traffic lanes,” Mr Jones said.

Minister for Transport infrastructure Jacinta Allan told 9News.com.au that while the government is investing more than “any government in Victorian history,” she is also aware that Victoria can’t simply build our way out of congestion.

Melbourne has been ranked 25 out of 38 global cities when it comes to the amount of time commuters spend sitting in traffic.

Melbourne has been ranked 25 out of 38 global cities when it comes to the amount of time commuters spend sitting in traffic. (Supplied)

That’s why we’re investing in the Metro Tunnel, the Suburban Rail Loop and removing 75 dangerous and congested level crossings she said.

But, for those looking to avoid the traffic by catching public transport, the news isn’t much better with Melbourne again coming in at 25 out of 38.

Many commuters add a long walk to their travels, with 29 percent of the city more than 1km away from a bus, train or tram stop.

Source: https://www.9news.com.au/2018/12/04/13/03/melbourne-traffic-congestion-worse-than-new-york-city-report-finds