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Old May 25th, 2012, 04:07 PM   #7241
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The Utrecht metropolitan area will be significantly decongested after this summer. On June 1st, the sixth northbound lane on A27 will be opened to traffic. This will improve the flow on A12 as well. On June 18th, the 4th and final tube of the Leidsche Rijn Tunnel will open to traffic, finishing the A2 Utrecht - Amsterdam widening with a 1.5-year delay. In addition, 2x4/2x3 lanes will open just after the summer (September I presume) between Utrecht and Veenendaal, which will decongest the south side of Utrecht even more.

A number of widening projects have been completed in 2011 as well, such as A2 Utrecht - Amsterdam (2x5), A2 Utrecht - Everdingen (2x4) and A12 Utrecht - Gouda (2x4).

The A28 motorway is currently being widened from Utrecht to Amersfoort (2x3). The Amersfoort bypass will be temporarily widened to 2x3, awaiting procedures and funding of the Hoevelaken interchange megaproject (widening all motorway branches to 8 lanes). In addition, A27/A1 Utrecht - Hilversum - Amersfoort will be widened to 2x4 lanes as well.

Between 2010 and 2015, all motorway mileage in the Utrecht province will have been widened.

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Old May 26th, 2012, 03:50 PM   #7242
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What about the A12 between Oudenrijn and Lunetten?
I thought they wanted to build one extra lane per direction on the parallel roads.
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Old May 26th, 2012, 05:23 PM   #7243
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True. But that will probably happen between 2015 and 2020, while the projects above are (almost) finished or at least U/C
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Old May 26th, 2012, 08:37 PM   #7244
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Deserted motorway...

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Old May 26th, 2012, 09:14 PM   #7245
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Old May 27th, 2012, 04:40 AM   #7246
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Safer cars. Less alcohol use when driving.

Main reaons imho.

All those speedbumps, anti parking poles, speed camera's, and narrowing down roads have little to do with this.

With safer cars being the main reason. This is the only explanation that would apply to whole Europe...

For example Nordrein Westfahlen, a state in Germany comparable to Holland density and traffic wise. Higher speed limits, FAR LESS ruined roads ( I have not come across such rediculous speedbump ridden roads there like here ) yet less deaths...
I don't disagree?

Anyway it's nice that Utrecht is getting decongested. Our road and rail hub.
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Old May 27th, 2012, 07:22 PM   #7247
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Is that a hill? In Netherlands?
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Old May 27th, 2012, 07:26 PM   #7248
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Some more photos of yesterday's trip.

The entire set can be found on Flickr:
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A7 Flueskamp-3 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

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A7 Haskerveldweg-4 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

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A7 Joure West-2 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

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A7 Prinses Margriettunnel-3 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

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A7 Prinses Margriettunnel-1 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

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A6 Sint Nicolaasga-6 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr
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Old May 27th, 2012, 07:36 PM   #7249
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Is that a hill? In Netherlands?
The highest hills are bridges... . Aside from Limburg and Brabant.
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Old May 27th, 2012, 10:28 PM   #7250
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Downgrading in the Netherlands! This used to be a major two-lane highway, possibly even an expressway at one point, but it was downgraded in 2011 from 80 km/h to 30/60 km/h with extreme measures like bumps, twists, road splits and narrow sections.

There are only a handful of semi-farms along this road, but it still carries approximately 3.500 vehicles per day, despite the extreme downgrading. You can see the roadsides are completely torn apart and many reflector poles have been destroyed or are missing.

They really went over the top trying to downgrade this road.

This is one the stupidest roads I've ever seen. Imagine what might happen during night driving...
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Old May 27th, 2012, 11:16 PM   #7251
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What does your road engineers and politicians who approve their project actually smoke?
I couldn't believe that such things actually exist, if I didn't see the pics.
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Old May 28th, 2012, 12:01 AM   #7252
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It does look like they are about to start to build a housing estate or some sort.
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Old May 28th, 2012, 12:09 AM   #7253
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1st pic: nope
2nd pic: That sand is there because of the A74 which was U/C when the pic was taken
3rd pic: nope
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Old May 28th, 2012, 10:58 AM   #7254
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Accessibility of the Dutch coast

It always becomes apparant on hot sunny days like these that the Dutch coast is poorly accessible, considering the 7 million people that live near it. Although virtually the entire coast of Noord- and Zuid-Holland is composed of wide sandy beaches, access to it is fairly limited.

There are no roads that run more than a few kilometers along the coast. All north-south routes are inland. It always requires passing through urban areas along two-lane roads to access the coastal communities. Parking is a major issue, as there are usually no parking spaces available near the coast after 10 am.

They advise people to use public transport, but transit access to the coast is fairly poor as well, there are only two railway stations at the coast (Zandvoort & Hoek van Holland), in addition to a tram line in Den Haag / Scheveningen. However, the last thing you want to do when you go to the beach with your family is take all your beach gear into a train or tram, it's highly impractical unless you barely take anything with you. So for most people it's not an option either, while the beaches are generally out of cycling range from most places other than a few cities.

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Old May 28th, 2012, 11:03 AM   #7255
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n206 Katwijk aan Zee-Noordwijk is shown as a motorway. How is that possible?
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Old May 28th, 2012, 11:15 AM   #7256
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It's a motorway-like road with grade-separation and 2x2 lanes. It was once planned as the "Dune motorway" from IJmuiden to Leiden.

I filmed it last year:

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Old May 28th, 2012, 11:20 AM   #7257
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It is all about protecting the nature and the dunes. Belgium has the ugliest coastline in Europe, Holland does not want that, and these dunes are needed. For these few days are year that the weather allows mass transit to the beaches, people will have to put up with it.
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Old May 28th, 2012, 11:30 AM   #7258
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Interestingly, the N200 (Haarlem - Zandvoort) is an old parkway. It opened as a 4-lane road in 1921. It's nicely landscaped. Back in the 1920's it could've been the equivalent of the New York Parkway system.





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Old May 28th, 2012, 01:24 PM   #7259
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That's excellent.

Public transport to the beach is a nightmare. There are 3 tramlines in The Hague that bring people from Centraal to Scheveningen and they are packed on days like these. They are more crowded than during peak rush hour when it's raining. I live The Hague, even I can't bring myself to take the tram to the beach. I cycle. Which is also a nightmare but less of a nightmare.

Going to the beach in old trams without air conditioning where you're standing shoulder-to-shoulder with your fellow passengers is something I wouldn't wish upon my worst enemy.
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It is all about protecting the nature and the dunes. Belgium has the ugliest coastline in Europe, Holland does not want that, and these dunes are needed. For these few days are year that the weather allows mass transit to the beaches, people will have to put up with it.
I fully agree.

When I need some fresh sea air, I will always visit the Dutch coastline. Everything is better than that horrific Belgian Atlantic wall.
By the way, visiting the Belgian coast is all about traffic jams and no parking place...
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