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Old May 7th, 2010, 04:31 PM   #4121
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... plus Ajax has that fantastic Duivendrecht interchange right next to the stadium.
This train station alone does wonders for crowd control and for dispersing boisterous football fans efficiently all over Amsterdam.


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Old May 14th, 2010, 01:14 AM   #4122
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Is this the Polish-Belarussian border? No, it's the Dutch-German border! During national holidays trucks aren't allowed to drive in Germany. Today is Ascension, so all trucks had to wait on the shoulder and at parking areas just before the German border. At about 21:45 things started to get moving again, which was quite an impressive view. The A1 border is famous for the long lines during German national holidays. Today wasn't too bad actually, it can be much worse. All pics have been taken from this viaduct.

1. The line of trucks, direction NL.



2. The line of trucks, direction D.



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4. Zoomed. Usually traffic volumes are low at this time of the day, which also turns out in the previous pics.



5. Polish truck.



6. Looking towards the border station.



7. German police.



8. The first trucks started to move.



9. Empty motorway, full shoulder.



10. Motorway full of trucks.



11. Still many trucks waiting.



12. Zoomed.



13. The exit towards the border station. Many trucks have to leave the motorway here to pay the German toll.



14. Chaotic.



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17. Hardly any other traffic.



18. Polish truck driver.



19. The truck on the 2nd lane was standing still, waiting to change to the first lane to exit the motorway. Unfortunately he was stopping all traffic



20. Zoomed.



21. Most of the trucks have passed now.



22. Though many are still waiting to exit the motorway.



That's it! I also made some videos, but they are quite disappointing. Chris has got some better videos, I'm sure that he'll post them here.
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Old May 14th, 2010, 08:58 PM   #4123
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I picked the best video I had to post here:

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Old May 15th, 2010, 12:58 AM   #4124
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Yesterday AJAX won the national football title.
No main road near Amsterdam was closed.
Although the winning team was coming home by bus too... (from Rotterdam).

That puts the idiot FC Twente behaviour on the A1 in a somewhat different perspective.
Winning the League Championship is more important than winning a cup
Especially when its for the first time in the history.
So dont call Fc twente idiot for no reason
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Old May 15th, 2010, 01:15 AM   #4125
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That should be one hell of a sight! And sound.
Has anyone ever tried to catch that on a camcorder with sound?
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Old May 15th, 2010, 01:27 PM   #4126
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I have a doubt: Italy has some holiday and weekend TIR traffic ban. So does Germany. Why don't they negotiate an European-wide scheme, instead of putting the problems to the other side of the border?

I ask the same about the increasing number of environmental stickers and certifications. They already have the Euro-5 standards and alike. They should develop an unified sticker/control for cars, whatever, and stop working chaotically as now.
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Old May 15th, 2010, 01:32 PM   #4127
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Yeah, if Europe can cooperate on one topic, it should be truck bans, truck tolls and emission stickers. I've read somewhere all European Union member states should apply a truck toll by 2012.

Right now we have the following truck toll systems:

* regular distance-based tolls (Italy, France, Slovenia, Spain, Portugal, etc.)
* Eurovignette (Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Sweden, Denmark)
* LKW-Maut (Germany)
* GO-Box (Austria
* SVA (Switzerland)
* Emyto (Slovakia)
* toll card (Poland)
* Vignette (Lithuania)
* Premid (Czech Republic)
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Old May 18th, 2010, 08:14 PM   #4128
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I had to relocate a bunch of traffic counters in Hoevelaken today, but earlier this morning a German truck collided with the central reservation, causing long queues in both directions. I had to go southbound, meaning there would be about 15 km of queue. According to TomTom, the delay was over 80 minutes. Low-ranking surface streets were also jammed, with one roundabout having a delay of no less than 26 minutes.

So I decided to took A50-A1 towards my destination. A1 was jammed as well, but I knew a back route to my destination in Hoevelaken. Here are some pictures.

1. VMS indicating queue lengths on two routes to Utrecht City.
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2. Traffic went from free flow to stationary in a matter of seconds. I was just lucky to be able to take the exit.
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3. Queued traffic on A1 westbound to Amersfoort / Amsterdam.
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4. Because traffic was completely jammed, some people took the liberty to do a little walk on the shoulder.
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5. A1 at Terschuur, watching westbound.
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7. A Ukrainian truck. Probably bought this trailer without taking the hassle to remove the advertising from the previous owner.
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8. Shoulder running was even into operation in the eastbound direction.
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10. Traffic camera intended to observe the shoulder running. All shoulder running locations in the Netherlands have such cameras as there are no continuous shoulders present.
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11. Somewhat further west at Hoevelaken. Now it's mostly the right lane to be blocked, as the accident was on the intersecting freeway just ahead.
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12. Signage for interchange Hoevelaken.
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13. The left lane flow was considerably better than the right lane.
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14. Shoulder running.
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Old May 18th, 2010, 08:16 PM   #4129
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Cool pics. Can't wait to go back. I'm going back to the Netherlands next week
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Old May 20th, 2010, 07:48 PM   #4130
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The A15 construction between IC Ressen and A12 (~ 15 km) is now budgeted at around € 1 billion. That's the bridge variant. The tunnel variant is another € 600 million more expensive.

This is the area:


In my opinion, € 65 million per kilometer in rural area is utterly ridiculous. Not to mention the tunnel variant is € 107 million per kilometer! Better shelve this motorway for now and redirect these funds to more useful projects like a widening of A12 or A15. Or extend A18 to Enschede.
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Old May 20th, 2010, 10:10 PM   #4131
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7. A Ukrainian truck. Probably bought this trailer without taking the hassle to remove the advertising from the previous owner.
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or a german company which registerd their trucks in urkaine.
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Old May 21st, 2010, 06:39 PM   #4132
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4. Because traffic was completely jammed, some people took the liberty to do a little walk on the shoulder.
Is that what you call bermtoerisme? ;-)
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Old May 23rd, 2010, 08:43 PM   #4133
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Some pictures of the new A2 near Utrecht. It currently carries 180,000 vehicles per day and is being widened to 10 through lanes (14 lanes total at some spots). A local-express system is added here.

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You can see how wide the road will be here.








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Old May 25th, 2010, 06:56 PM   #4134
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A VMS near Barneveld. This VMS shows traffic jam length on two routes to Utrecht, via A30-A12 (interchange up ahead) and the usual route via A1-A28. Not surprisingly, there was traffic congestion, even at noon.
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Another VMS a few kilometers down the road shows driving times as opposed to traffic jam length. (I prefer the first).
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Old May 26th, 2010, 10:09 PM   #4135
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Oh god, the A2 tunnel near Utrecht is possibly delayed by 2 years... It's gonna be a huge disaster if this section will not be opened on time, since this section is the busiest of A2 (180.000 vehicles per day on currently six lanes).
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Old May 26th, 2010, 11:02 PM   #4136
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Winning the League Championship is more important than winning a cup
Especially when its for the first time in the history.
So dont call Fc twente idiot for no reason
No doubt. I thought it was pretty cool that Twente won... even though they obviously caused a bit of a commotion AND that I like Go Ahead Eagles...
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Old May 27th, 2010, 01:24 AM   #4137
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Need some advice, guys.
What's the best way of getting from Schiphol to Rotterdam by road?

Would it be via the A4 and then A13, branching off at Delft-Noord?

I presume the A4 between Kerkpolder and Kethel does not exist yest? Am I right or is my map out of date?


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Old May 27th, 2010, 01:32 AM   #4138
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You're totally right. Don't know at what time you're going to drive there, but remember this route can be totally jammed during rush hours...
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Old May 27th, 2010, 01:41 AM   #4139
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The A15 construction between IC Ressen and A12 (~ 15 km) is now budgeted at around € 1 billion. That's the bridge variant. The tunnel variant is another € 600 million more expensive.

In my opinion, € 65 million per kilometer in rural area is utterly ridiculous. Not to mention the tunnel variant is € 107 million per kilometer!
Why so expensive?
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Old May 27th, 2010, 01:36 PM   #4140
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You're totally right. Don't know at what time you're going to drive there, but remember this route can be totally jammed during rush hours...
I'll try to avoid peak hours.
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