Motorway 'mess' and long flight delays
18 January 2007, (More information to come)
18 January 2007
(More information to come)
AMSTERDAM — The south-westerly storm raging across the Netherlands has led to serious traffic delays on the nation's roads.
Passengers at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam were also encountering long flight delays on Thursday.
Police completely sealed off the A2 motorway in both directions between Abcoude and Vinkeveen because a noise barrier was at threat of being blown over.
The Department of Waterways and Public Works urged motorists at about midday to stop using the motorway.
In Rotterdam, the Erasmusbrug was closed to all traffic.
Two other vital bridges south of Rotterdam have been closed, namely the Moerdijkbrug (A16) and the Haringvlietbrug (A29).
The traffic information centre from the Dutch motorists association ANWB said Rotterdam roads will be filled to capacity.
It also said at about 2pm that there was "a considerable mess" on the nation's roads.
At about 4.30pm, traffic jams extended to a total length of almost 400km compared with 125km in normal circumstances.
The ANWB was expecting a seriously congested peak-hour and urged people against taking to the roads.
The Enkhuizen-Lelystad dike and the N57 over Oosterscheldekering were closed. The right-hand lane of the A16 (Rotterdam-Breda) was closed due to an accident.
Traffic on the Germany-bound lanes was blocked on the A12 near Arnhem due to a truck accident at the Velperbroek junction.
Motorway exit and entrance ramps were closed in Amsterdam due to damages road signs.
Various roads were sealed off elsewhere across the country due mainly to accidents with trucks.
Passengers are encountering long delays at Schiphol Airport as well, a spokeswoman from the Dutch aviation authority said.
Delays of up to an hour are being reported due to restricted capacity at the airport. Just 20 flights per hour are possible on two runways.
The airport hopes the wind will change direction later in the day so that more runways can be put into operation.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news