Motorway lights to be turned off at night to save money

The transport ministry’s traffic management authority Rijkswaterstaat on Tuesday announced further measures to cut €1.64bn from its budget.

Having said earlier in the day that road maintenance will only be carried out during the day and early evening from October 1, the transport ministry department now says it will be turning off street lighting on roads outside the cities.
Busy roads such as motorways will be unlit between 23.00 hours and 05.00 hours. The lights along quieter roads will go out at 21.00 hours. Exceptions are stretches of road with sharp bends or short access roads and tunnels, the ministry said.
The decision to stop carrying out emergency maintenance work under floodlights at night will lead to slower moving traffic and more jams. Work will stop at 23.00 hours on the busiest roads and at 21.00 hours on quieter roads.
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