Fewer European jams than 2009
The holiday exodus to southern Europe has been less hectic than 2009. The VAB, Belgium’s automobile association, said that during the peak hours on Saturday there were only 315 kilometres of traffic jams, as opposed to 605 kilometres on the same day last year.
In 2009, many French holidaymakers coupled the long holiday weekend to a national holiday on 14 July for an extended break. This year, however, 14 July falls on a Wednesday, which led to less people taking to the roads. The traffic jams would have been even shorter if the Tour de France had not been directed through the Alps. The cycling tournament also led to slow-moving traffic in the south-eastern Rhône valley.
In Germany, residents of the eastern states are also on holiday, but they tend mainly to head east rather than south. This led to reduced traffic jams in Switzerland and Austria. The longest jam in that area occurred on the road leading to the St. Gotthard Tunnel in Switzerland. But whereas the tailback before the tunnel was 13 kilometres in 2009, this year it was only 8.
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