Rain plays havoc with traffic

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24 November 2003 AMSTERDAM — Rainy weather led to long traffic delays on Monday morning, with the peak-hour period laying claim to the dubious honour of being the fourth worst in Dutch motoring history.Traffic Information Service (VID) said at about 8.45am there were 70 traffic jams with a total length of 457km, news agency ANP reported. By 10am, there were 30 traffic jams with a combined length of 100km.The longest traffic jam in the peak hour period was reported on the A2 motorway on the Utrecht-bound la

24 November 2003

AMSTERDAM — Rainy weather led to long traffic delays on Monday morning, with the peak-hour period laying claim to the dubious honour of being the fourth worst in Dutch motoring history.

Traffic Information Service (VID) said at about 8.45am there were 70 traffic jams with a total length of 457km, news agency ANP reported. By 10am, there were 30 traffic jams with a combined length of 100km.

The longest traffic jam in the peak hour period was reported on the A2 motorway on the Utrecht-bound lanes, where cars were backed up for 27km between the Hintham and Everdingen junctions. The traffic jam was caused after an early-morning accident.

Long delays were also reported on the A16 Rotterdam-Breda motorway when a truck lost its trailer at Zwijndrecht. Three lanes were sealed off for a long period of time, leading to a 15km traffic jam between the Terbregseplein and Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht junctions.

The VID said November is always a busy month on the nation's roads. It said many people opt to use the car due to bad weather and few people take vacation. October and May are also busy motoring months. 

The all time Dutch traffic jam record dates back to 8 February 1999 when snow and slippery roads led to a total traffic jam length of 975km. This was followed by a 567km combined traffic jam length recorded on 10 February 1999.

The third worst day on Dutch motorways occurred on 6 January 2003, when a combination of snow and frozen roads led to 510km of traffic jams.

[Copyright Expatica News 2003]

Subject: Dutch news

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