Warning on holiday traffic congestion
21 February 2006, BRUSSELS — Belgian motorists association Touring warned drivers on Tuesday to expect busy roads during the first weekend of the spring half-term holiday.
21 February 2006
BRUSSELS — Belgian motorists association Touring warned drivers on Tuesday to expect busy roads during the first weekend of the spring half-term holiday.
It warned motorists to avoid the departure days of the evening of 24 February and Saturday 25 February, news agency Belga reported.
The Flemish motorists association VAB said the road congestion will be primarily due to weekend tourists.
VAB expects exceptionally busy roads in southern Germany, Austria and Switzerland during the holiday period (24 February to 5 March). Traffic will be less busy in France.
In Belgium, problems are primarily expected on the coast-bound E40 motorway and in the Ardennes on the E411.
Road congestion in alpine areas will benefit from the fact half-term holidays are not the same in every country. In Germany, the holidays are alternated in various regions and the holidays end this weekend in Austria.
Meanwhile, motorists have been put on alert for carnival activities. It is especially expected to be busy in Germany on 25 February, while busy roads are expected in Italy on 25-26 February.
In general, road congestion will mainly cause problems on regional roads leading away from motorways towards ski resorts.
VAB said the best time to depart will be Saturday afternoon because motorists will reach the areas where traffic delays are expected in the early evening when local traffic has subsided.
However, roads are also expected to be quiet on Sunday.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news