The Verkeers Informatie Dienst (Dutch traffic information services) announced today that, in the first three months of this year, the length of traffic jams in the Netherlands has increased by 19.2% compared to last year.
This March, there were 30% more traffic jams than in March 2005. The biggest cause of road congestion right now is the A4 between Zoeterwoude-Rijndijk and Delft, where traffic needs to merge from three lanes to two lanes.
More and more sections of highway are being designated ’80 kilometer zones’ (regular maximum speed on Dutch highways is 120 kilometer per hour) to provide better traffic flow, but the VID report reveals that traffic jams have actually increased by 28.8 percent in these areas — almost 10% more than on highways in the rest of the country.
Other project points in the country are the A20 from Rotterdam to Gouda (increase of 33.7% of traffic jams compared to last year), the A12 from Utrecht to The Hague (increase of 38.2%), and the A12 from Voorburg to The Hague with an increase of 500%!!
The government is trying many things to relieve the Dutch roads, such as the 80 kilometer sections and special spitstroken (emergency lanes turned into extra lanes during rush hour), but it turns out that these measures are actually making it worse and are increasing the length of traffic.