Funchal traffic going downhill

… to become the most congested city in Portugal

Traffic in Funchal

The Confiança Coalition “expresses deep concern about the current executive’s ability to reverse the declining state of traffic in Funchal, at a time when the city wins the discreditable award for the most congested city in Portugal, surpassing Lisbon and Porto”. 

“The Annual Global Traffic Index has been published, calculated based on data from more than 387 cities in 55 countries which places Funchal in 52nd place worldwide among cities with the worst traffic in 2023, leading the Iberian Peninsula and its Autonomous Regions, in this dishonourable ranking”, they say in a press release. 

“The study shows that Funchal drivers spent an average of 201 hours at the wheel, with 71 hours in stop-and-go situations due to traffic jams, contributing to releasing more than a ton of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The study identifies 30 November 2023 as the day with the most chaotic traffic and the period to avoid is between 5:30 pm and 7 pm”, they add. 

This chaotic scenario contrasts with the previous management of the Confiança Coalition, where despite the existence of natural difficulties in this area, the CMF was the first entity in the region to approve the Action Plan for Sustainable Urban Mobility, implementing several projects on the road network, even deserving recognition by the European Commission with the main European mobility award”. 

Confidence Coalition

The Confiança Coalition was a pre-election coalition between five Portuguese political parties , from left to centre on the political spectrum, for the 2017 municipal elections in the municipality of Funchal. It was made up of the Socialist Party (PS), the Left Bloc (BE), Juntos Pelo Povo (JPP), the Republican Democratic Party (PDR) and Nós, Cidadãos! (NC).

Medical emergency forces cruise ship to return to Funchal

The cruise ship ‘Aida Costma’ was forced to return to the Region, after leaving the port of Funchal last night, due to a medical emergency, the newspaper learned.

It is not known at this time whether the incident is related to a passenger or crew member. The information to which the newspaper had access reveals that the ship should call at the port at around 3 pm today, where the ship ‘Aida Stella’ is already located.

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11 thoughts on “Funchal traffic going downhill”

  1. The Madeira government and the Funchal council need to find alternative solutions, to implement the transport that has priority and the absence of obstacles in its circulation. It is urgent to think about the future because the present indicates that we will not be able to accommodate so many cars because with all the construction going one like the hospitaland hotels plus housing, especially apartments in Funchal, will lead to a large increase in traffic even when building more tunnels for relive the traffic circulation, will lead to all on Funchal’s essential roads, creating unwanted congestion and pollution problems

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  2. I’ve always thought Madeira would be the perfect place to trial some sort of innovative transport system whatever that may be. Especially something electric as range isn’t so much of a problem here, for most people of course.

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    • There must be some demand, if only for tourists, for some sort of regular connection by water : Sta Cuz-Funchal-Câmara de Lobos and maybe Ribeira Brava? Not sure if there wasn’t somthing along these lines a while ago?

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  3. We’ve loved coming to Madeira each year, but lately all the news out of Madeira seems to be bad news. Is there anything good happening there? What’s happened to the lovely island news we used to get?

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    • Bob, ignore, or better still challenge, the knockers, the doom mongers, the no praise merchants, the politics, the oh, it’s too crowded when the cruisers come in complainants. The Madeirans are still as welcoming, the island still as beautiful, the value still as good. Which is why I’m back next month for the second time this year.

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    • Daniel, tell me why you think it’s an insult? Recently one writer described how he ignored warning signs on a road way and you said my reply, was an insult when I asked him what he thought of walkers who ignored official signs on the levadas. It’s a genuine question, all my questions are. Including the one I’ve just asked you. I’m interested. I find little to dislike and much to like in Madeira. I can’t understand why if resident, they stay on the island and if visitors why return to Madeira? Many writers criticise Madeira, never with constructive criticism and never reply to questions asked by myself and others. By the way you didn’t reply when I asked your thoughts on people who ignored Levada signs then needed to be rescued by the emergency services. I look forward to it.

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