Peijs suggests ways to keep traffic moving

10th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

10 April 2006, AMSTERDAM — Transport Minister Karla Peijs has come up with a package of measures to tackle the chronic logjam on Dutch motorways.

10 April 2006

AMSTERDAM — Transport Minister Karla Peijs has come up with a package of measures to tackle the chronic logjam on Dutch motorways.

She proposes allowing motorists to use the hard shoulder in specific areas to reach a nearby turn in order to escape a tailback, a Transport Ministry spokesperson said on Monday in response to a report in newspaper 'De Telegraaf'.

Peijs asked her civil servants earlier this year to come up with simple solutions for the country's dire traffic problems. The result is a list of 30 proposals, including the introduction of a movable hard shoulder that would allow a change in the number of lanes depending on the amount of traffic at any given time.

Another idea is to have longer acceleration lanes or slip roads to give goods vehicles time to pick up speed before entering traffic. Peijs is also calling for a new teaching module for learner drivers on how to avoid adding to a traffic jam.

Officials will examine whether canal bridges at notorious traffic jam blackspots are kept open too long.

Peijs wants emergency vehicles to extinguish their flashing beacons once they reach an accident to discourage motorists slowing down to view the scene. Accidents when possible should be dealt with on slip roads or in parking areas and the scene should be shielded from passing motorists by screens, the Minister believes.

The Ministry's traffic jam monitor indicates the amount of traffic jams increased by 1 percent in 2005 compared with the year before. The traffic information service (VID) reported last week that the problem increased by 19 percent in the first three months of this year compared with the same period in 2005.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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