Snow slows Dutch traffic and freezes flights
A maximum speed limit of 50 kilometres per hour has been imposed on many Dutch roads. The move is designed to combat the dangers of slippery road surfaces resulting from the sub-zero temperatures. The police say motorists have been driving too fast even though the conditions are treacherous.
Although Monday morning’s traffic moved slower than usual, the severe winter weather did not cause the widespread road chaos that had been feared. However, a number of road accidents did cause several traffic jams. The southeast of the country saw more snow through the night and a reduced number of lanes are in use on some local motorways.
Airport camping The main railway company NS has introduced a special timetable which has fewer trains running between the major cities in the centre of the country. People are being warned to check the NS website before starting journeys. Hundreds of stranded air travellers have spent the night on camp beds at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport.
Football matches called off The heavy snow led to Sunday’s classic football game between Amsterdam Ajax and Rotterdam’s Feyenoord being postponed.
The police and local authorities feared traffic problems around the Amsterdam ArenA stadium where the match was to have been played. Problems on the train network would have stopped many fans being able to get to the match by public transport. A number of other Dutch matches were also postponed.
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