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TomTom: Clementi and Bukit Timah Still the Worst Suburbs for Morning Commute

By Joy Hou - on 14 Oct 2013, 4:15pm

TomTom: Clementi and Bukit Timah Still the Worst Suburbs for Morning Commute

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TomTom has released its second study on travel times to and from 15 Singapore suburbs during peak-hour traffic. The first study was conducted two years ago.

This time, Bukit Timah topped the list as the overall worst suburb for the peak-hour commute, replacing Clementi and Tampines, which were the two most congested suburbs in the first study. In a comparison of peak and off-peak commute times, Bukit Timah recorded a 111% increase in travel times in the mornings and a 97% increase in evening travel times.

In this year's study, Clementi featured as the second worst suburb for the morning commute, with a 97% increase in travel time during peak-hours compared to free flow traffic, extending its position as one of Singapore's most congested suburb during peak-hour since the pioneer study in 2010. Back then, it ranked as the third worst suburb for evening commute with a 93% increase in travel time.

Tampines, which was ranked the worst for the morning commute, has improved this year to rank 10th worst. The eastern suburb, previously ranked the best for evening commute, has now been relegated to the 6th worst for evening commute in the latest study. The drop in ranking for evening commute could be due to a variety of factors such as changing driving patterns and road developments in the area.

Changi Airport, Pasir Ris, and Sengkang, are the three top areas least affected by morning peak-hour traffic, where travel travel times to the city increased only 31%, 44%, and 45% respectively during rush hours compared to times when traffic was free-flowing. These three suburbs were also least affected by evening commute, although the percentage increase is higher than that in the morning.

You can use IQ Routes (which comes with all TomTom GPS products, mobile apps, and maps) to accurately calculate the live travel time of your desired route.