Traffic jams up almost 10pc
2 July 2004 , AMSTERDAM − The traffic jam problems on already congested Dutch roads and motorways worsened by 9.6 percent in the first six months of this year compared with the same time last year, the Traffic Information Service (VID) said on Friday.
2 July 2004
AMSTERDAM − The traffic jam problems on already congested Dutch roads and motorways worsened by 9.6 percent in the first six months of this year compared with the same time last year, the Traffic Information Service (VID) said on Friday.
The VID said the worsening traffic congestion was due to the winter weather in the first three months of the year. Other contributing factors were the volume of traffic and large-scale road works.
Many of the traffic jams are centered at the Everdingen junction near Utrecht in the centre of the country. The traffic problems at Everdingen have returned to the level they were at in 2002 during the construction of peak-hour lanes.
The traffic jam problems worsened on both sides of the A2 motorway at Everdingen by 70 percent in the January-June period this year compared with the same period in 2003. The junction tops the VID list of the 50 worst traffic jam areas in the Netherlands.
The situation in the A2 Utrecht-bound lanes has returned to the level reported before the construction of peak-hour lanes, while, on the Den Bosch-bound lanes on the A2, the traffic jams have worsened.
The VID measures the nation's traffic jam problem in "kilometer minutes", meaning the number of kilometres a traffic jam extends to, multiplied by the length of time that the traffic jam exists.
The VID said the effect of the construction of the peak-hour lanes on the A2 has been completely eroded, newspaper De Telegraaf reported.
"If the situation at Everdingen is representative of the entirety of the Netherlands, this raises fears for the effects of peak-hour lanes that are being constructed at many other places in the Netherlands," a VID statement said.
The VID said the initial improvement of the traffic jam situation led to more people to adjust their commuting habits.
"They are choosing now, for example, to take the car or are changing their time of departure, thereby cancelling out the positive effects of the peak-hour lanes," a statement said.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news