Dutch traffic information improved

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New traffic database will provide faster and more complete information, according to the transportation ministry.

The Hague – The ministry of transportation launched a new database Monday that will provide more information on traffic jams, diversions and road works than was previously available.

The Netherlands has struggled with severe congestion problems around its major cities for years.

During morning and afternoon rush hours, thousands of drivers have listened to radio traffic reports in an attempt to avoid the numerous traffic jams.

"As various Dutch traffic information services will use the database, radio broadcasts on traffic congestion will improve drastically,” said transportation minister Camiel Eurlings.

It is expected that the new system will lead to a 10 percent decrease in traffic jams, according to the ministry.

The database will also include information on provincial and municipal roads. It will updated continuously as more cameras and monitoring points are placed along roadsides.

By 2012, the Dutch national database on road traffic will cover about 5,500 kilometres of main roads and motorways.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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