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Old September 1st, 2012, 07:29 PM   #8041
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Road widenings...
... and price of fuel growing...
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Old September 1st, 2012, 07:39 PM   #8042
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If the driven kms are at all time highs (thus the car usage increased) and the congestion declined even so, the widenings are 100 % responsible for the congestion declines.

If you would want to make the high price of fuel responsible, you would have to first see lower car usage.
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Old September 1st, 2012, 07:43 PM   #8043
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What about bad weather? I hear the summer has been really crap in Holland, with even people turning to the streets to demand better weather. Surely, people are more likely to stay at home...
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Old September 1st, 2012, 07:56 PM   #8044
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Most beach-bound traffic congestion is on non-motorways and is usually not included in the statistics. The only motorway that sees a surge in holiday traffic is A58 in Zeeland.
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Old September 1st, 2012, 08:00 PM   #8045
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If the driven kms are at all time highs (thus the car usage increased) and the congestion declined even so, the widenings are 100 % responsible for the congestion declines.

If you would want to make the high price of fuel responsible, you would have to first see lower car usage.
But have there really been enough widenings in the last year to have that sort of an impact?
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Old September 1st, 2012, 08:01 PM   #8046
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...people turning to the streets to demand better weather....
What were they smoking that made that seem like a good idea? :-)
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Old September 1st, 2012, 08:06 PM   #8047
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But have there really been enough widenings in the last year to have that sort of an impact?
Definitely. It's too big to make a list, but there have been many widenings in the past 3 years. Don't forget that even a short widening may result in a massive drop in traffic congestion.

For instance, after about 10 km of A2 south of Zaltbommel was widened from 2x2 to 2x3 lanes, traffic congestion at that point declined by 95%. This was the #1 traffic congestion spot in '09. Most recent road widenings resulted in a 90 - 99% decline in traffic congestion at those locations.

The top 10 worst bottlenecks has changed dramatically in the last 3 years.
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Old September 2nd, 2012, 09:24 PM   #8048
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Some pictures of this afternoon. This is the A15 near Barendrecht (south part of the Rotterdam Ring) which is being widened. A part should be used from today, but the opening of that part has been postponed until further notice.

































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Old September 2nd, 2012, 11:10 PM   #8049
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Antwerpen is going to be signed from Rotterdam? That's new right?
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Old September 2nd, 2012, 11:14 PM   #8050
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Yes, that's new.
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Old September 2nd, 2012, 11:16 PM   #8051
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Figured as much I always thought it was amusing that Rotterdam was signed in Antwerpen but not the other way around.
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Old September 2nd, 2012, 11:48 PM   #8052
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Will they signpost Antwerpen-city via Breda as well? Or only the ports of Antwerp via Bergen op Zoom..? Because from Antwerp, Rotterdam is signposted either via Breda or Bergen.
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Old September 3rd, 2012, 11:39 AM   #8053
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Frick they put "havens" via Bergen op Zoom... That brings all the trucks down the route I usually take.
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Old September 3rd, 2012, 11:55 AM   #8054
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Old September 3rd, 2012, 08:23 PM   #8055
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Concerning road expansion: it's been ongoing and should continue even further in the coming years. It has definitely been the main drive in reducing congestion.

Light blue: 2 lanes per direction, Dark blue: 3, Orange: 4 or more.

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Old September 3rd, 2012, 08:39 PM   #8056
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Well, I hope that somewhere in 2025 the A27 widening Lunetten - Hooipolder is completed too
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Old September 3rd, 2012, 08:49 PM   #8057
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A12 also has 2x4 lanes from Gouda to Utrecht.
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Old September 3rd, 2012, 08:53 PM   #8058
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- A9 Castricum - Beverwijk currently already has 2x3.
- The Coentunnel will have more than 4 lanes (9 lanes total) (opening next year)
- how about the A1 Eemnes - Muiderberg? Will that take till after 2025?
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Old September 4th, 2012, 06:16 PM   #8059
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A7 Hoorn - Den Oever

Video #1 of today: the northbound A7 between Hoorn and Den Oever. A very nice and quiet motorway. This is the only motorway section in Noord-Holland province with low traffic.

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Old September 4th, 2012, 06:28 PM   #8060
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Yes, traveling from Amsterdam to Friesland it always gets nice and quiet after Hoorn. Did you stop off in Sneek to say hi to my nan? What do you think of the new ringroad?
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