Road-widening schemes improve traffic problems in 2013

The Terbregseplein, where the A20 motorway hits Rotterdam’s ring road, is the country’s worst traffic blackspot, according to preliminary figures from traffic information service VID.

The situation at last year’s winner, the Ewijk junction on the A50, has been improved by road-widening schemes, the VID said.

In total, traffic congestion (the length of the jams multiplied by their duration) fell 8% this year, following a 16% drop in 2012. Wider roads and new tunnels have reduced traffic problems nationwide, the VID said.

The organisation says it expects traffic congestion to stabilise as the impact of most road improvements can now been seen in the figures. In addition, there was a rise in congestion in October and November compared with 2012.

January 15 was the worst day of 2013 on the Dutch roads, when snow led to 929 kilometres of jams.

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