We did not suffer from it during the corona pandemic and that was probably the only positive thing about this time. We all really hate it, but from now on it is more the rule than the exception, traffic jams. We spend a lot of time in a traffic jam, it might be better not to know exactly how many hours of our lives we spend in it. Autumn has already arrived and we notice that right away on the Dutch roads. It even seems busier than ever on the road. The ANWB reports that the number of traffic jams is already increasing significantly compared to the record year 2019.

“It is busy on the roads as usual and we see the nuisance increasing everywhere. Since the corona measures were lifted at the end of March, the road has been exceptionally busy again. Compared to the pre-corona year 2019, we see that it is now a few percent busier in both the morning and evening rush hour. But during the day we see a surprising increase in the number of traffic jams by no less than 17 percent”.

Arnoud Broekhuis of the ANWB.

The number of traffic jams in the morning and evening rush hour has increased by a few percent, but during the day the number of traffic jams has increased by no less than 17 percent. Yesterday was even the busiest morning rush of this year, there was no less than 925 kilometers of traffic jams around 8.30 am. This had to do with many accidents, many motorists on the road in combination with autumn weather. According to the ANWB the increase is due to the increase in the number of cars on Dutch roads and because many more people are back working in the office. The busiest days of the week in terms of traffic jams are Tuesday and Thursday and the Wednesday evening rush hour.

“We also predicted that traffic jams would increase again and unfortunately we seem to be right. The largest crowds are the result of more freight traffic, delivery vans and commuter traffic. The busiest province remains South Holland with the most traffic jams and in Gelderland and North Brabant we also see more and more congestion with an increase of 17 and 21 percent respectively. It is striking that the congestion in North Holland has decreased by 17 percent.”

Arnoud Broekhuis of the ANWB.
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