Widespread transport infrastructure problems have caused Vancouver, in Canada to drop two places on the list of the world’s most liveable cities, after nine years in the top spot.
The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) annual report put Vancouver below Melbourne, in Australia in first place and Vienna in Austria in second place, following “recent intermittent closures of the key Malahat highway” which contributed a 0.7% decline in the Vancouver’s overall score. Melbourne achieved a 100% score for its infrastructure.
Infrastructure ratings count for 20% of each city’s overall “liveability” score, with the EIU awarding scores out of 100 for roads, public transport, regional or international links, housing, energy, water and telecommunications.
However, Vancouver residents have derided the report for citing problems on the Malahat highway, which is located some distance from the city. An EIU spokesman told Vancouver newspaper the Times Colonist that Malahat was intended as a high profile example of widespread road works and closures in the area. “I have a huge amount of regrets about using it as an example,” he said. “What we perceived was there was a general worsening of congestion in and around Vancouver.”