Traffic jams in Holland up by 4pc
12 February 2004 , AMSTERDAM — The number of traffic jams slightly increased last year due to a 1.9 percent rise in the number of cars on the nation's congested roads, the Transport Ministry said on Thursday.
12 February 2004
AMSTERDAM — The number of traffic jams slightly increased last year due to a 1.9 percent rise in the number of cars on the nation's congested roads, the Transport Ministry said on Thursday.
There were 34,225 traffic jams last year, a rise of 4 percent compared with 2002. The total length of the traffic jams was 108,402km, compared with a 2001-peak of 115,000km.
The ministry's figures indicated that motorists were more often in a traffic jam last year, especially in the morning and at more locations, newspaper Algemeen Dagblad reported on Thursday.
But delays remained about the same. The average traffic jam length came in at 3.17km and the delay varied from six to 11 minutes.
Weather in 2003 was generally favourable, but wintry conditions in January led to a peak in traffic jam problems. On the other hand, the warm summer led to more recreational traffic and hence more summer traffic jams compared with previous years.
The worst traffic jam location in the Netherlands last year was on the A2 on the Den-Bosch-bound lanes at Everdingen. It climbed from ninth position in 2002.
The number one traffic jam location of 2002 — located between Culemborg and Everdingen, also on the A2 — fell to eighth place due to the construction of peak-hour lanes on both sides of the motorway.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news