The Dutch road system needs drastic reorganisation or traffic jams will bring the country to a standstill, experts warn in the Telegraaf.
Transporters organisation EVO told the paper on Monday that delays caused by jams and roadworks now cause economic damage totalling well above €700m a year.
Planning specialist professor Gert de Roo told Sunday’s edition that the Netherlands needs a complete rethink on public transport, the introduction of ‘floating’ trains and much wider motorways. If nothing is done, road transport will grind to a halt, he says.
The professor points to growing traffic jams caused by road works. ‘Maintenance is a costly stopgap which treats the symptoms but not the causes,’ he told the paper.
According to traffic psychologist Adriaan Heino, Dutch traffic jams are getting more complex. He said that important motorways are not only jammed in rush hours but also during the day and at weekends.
‘The Dutch are not yet phobic about jams, but they know they must join a long jam every day,’ he told the paper.
Rijkswaterstaat, which manages the country’s traffic and roads, is adamant that information signs and alternative routes keeps chaos to a minimum.
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