While the peak hour traffic in Singapore is nowhere near the gridlock terror that is Manila or Jakarta, TomTom’s recent bi-annual traffic study of 15 neighbourhoods found that some areas are particularly prone to heavy traffic than others.
Using Raffles Place as a central point, TomTom concluded that Bukit Timah is the overall worst neighbourhood for peak-hour commutes between 7 to 9am to 5 to 7pm, and is closely followed by Clementi and Tampines.
Clementi and Tampines were at the top of the charts in the same study two years ago but we think the (seemingly) non-ending construction work along Bukit Timah Road has single-handedly catapulted Bukit Timah to the top of the chart. For a 15km drive that would normally take 16 minutes during non-peak period, the travel time more than doubled during morning peak hour to 35 minutes! Going home in evening peak hour is no better – travel time is just slightly less than doubled at 31 minutes.
In this study, Clementi is still ranked the second worst neighbourhood for morning commute with a 97 percent increase in travel time during peak hours as compared to non-peak. It’s the third worst neighbourhood for evening commute with 93 percent increase in travel time – solidly rooting its position as Singapore’s most congested neighbourhood. Now we know where not to live if we’re looking for a new place…
The top three areas least affected by peak hour commute are Changi Airport, Pasir Ris and Sengkang.
We’ve squeezed every ounce of data out of the TomTom guys and we present to you these very detailed charts: