Fewer cars on Flemish regional roads

9th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

10 August 2006, BRUSSELS — The amount of traffic on Flemish regional roads has fallen for three consecutive years, a new study has revealed.

10 August 2006

BRUSSELS — The amount of traffic on Flemish regional roads has fallen for three consecutive years, a new study has revealed.

In 2005, the amount of traffic on regional roads fell by 0.4 percent and the decline could be systematic, the Flemish government said.

The amount of traffic on regional roads also fell in 2004 and 2003, newspaper 'De Standaard' reported. .

The public appears to be changing its behaviour regarding family or recreation car travel. This is possibly due to the high cost of fuel and improved public transport.
 
An increase in the number of people in each car has also been recorded, news service VRT reported.

Besides the decline on regional road traffic, the amount of vehicles on motorways increased by 1.39 percent last year.

The Flemish government said the increase was due to economic growth. The biggest increases in traffic were reported on the E17, E19 and E314 motorways.

The busiest road in 2005 was the Brussels ring road between Jette and Zellik with an average of 157,200 vehicles per work day.

The traditional bottle neck and the nation's busiest traffic junction, the Antwerp ring road, slipped out of the statistics last year due to road works.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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