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Old January 15th, 2013, 11:35 AM   #8881
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A very slow snowfront passing from the west to the east. With the snow in the southeast falling at rush hour. The snow couldn't be plowed due too the jams, resulting in a total gridlock. With a satturated network already that results in monster jams.

This has nothing to do with bad preperation, there are currently 400+ Salt-Trucks on the Highways..

The Railways seemsto be doing reasonably fine, they have switched tot winter-timetables (basicially half hour local/intercity trains instead of every 15min.).
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Old January 15th, 2013, 11:36 AM   #8882
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3cm of snow
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Old January 15th, 2013, 11:40 AM   #8883
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Over 20cm of snow in The Hague and surroundings.
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Old January 15th, 2013, 12:20 PM   #8884
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This is the Moordrecht Exit along A20, between Gouda and Rotterdam. This interchange has a major issue, it's located next to a busy railway, with a level crossing. A new interchange will be constructed slightly to the northeast and includes a viaduct across the railway to ease queuing traffic at the level crossing and prevent waiting lines on the motorway.

The motorway is also overdue for a widening to 2x3 lanes, but that's not planned at this time.

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Typical spot where the motorway should have been built at the same level as the railway, with all connecting roads one level up.

Different years, different design... there was probably lot less traffic both on road and rail.
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There really should be no such thing as a "busy level railroad crossing" both for traffic flow and safety reasons.
I agree. The railway crossing has to go. Indeed it's Prorail's policy to get rid of as many level crossings as possible so in that light, you would expect the local road to stay underneath the motorway and that the railway will, at some point, feature a bridge as well.

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It seems to me that Netherlands is now too urbanized for serious wildlife (except birds), but maybe I just haven't been in the right places...
We even have wolves!

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3) Drenthse heide
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Old January 15th, 2013, 01:17 PM   #8885
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Surprisingly, all roads are clear again, no traffic jams reported at the moment (for some time already).
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Old January 15th, 2013, 03:34 PM   #8886
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Is this amount of snow typical in the Netherlands - I mean, is this expected every year? Or several times a year?
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Old January 15th, 2013, 04:10 PM   #8887
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This happens once or twice every year.
Or network is too crowded, one accident or slow moving situations at one spot and it crashes everywhere.
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Old January 15th, 2013, 05:10 PM   #8888
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Normally the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) gives a warning when a lot of snow is heading towards the Netherlands, the people then leave their home a bit earlier as usual, or wait a bit longer before they leave their home.

This didn't happen this time, no warning, i don't know whether that has to do with a failing KNMI or they didn't expect this much snow.
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Old January 15th, 2013, 05:25 PM   #8889
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Although much of western and central Netherlands was congested, the worst was around Den Haag. About 20 centimeters of snow fell in that area, which is bound to create havoc anywhere.

The snow forecast was off. The snow front stagnated over central Netherlands for pretty much the entire day. Even yesterday evening only some minor snow was forecasted in my region (Zwolle), but it turned out that it snowed pretty much the entire day here. Apart from some isolated 15 - 20 centimeter amounts, precipitation was not very extreme in most of the affected area.

The media is often critized for over-hyping weather situations, but it was hardly a news item yesterday, which means a lot of people still commuted to work this morning. If there was stronger wording, more people would have taken a day off, considering earlier experiences.

In situations like these traffic congestion can build incredibly fast. It can go from 60 to 600 kilometers of traffic jam in under an hour. It should be noted that today was not really the busiest rush hour ever, but the traffic jam coverage has become much more extensive since the 1999 congestion record, making it impossible to compare it with pre-2005 data.
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Old January 15th, 2013, 05:29 PM   #8890
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And amazingly enough it was all gone by eleven! From 1000 to 0 in a hour or two
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Old January 15th, 2013, 09:27 PM   #8891
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I love the snow

My bicycle commute to school this morning wasn't bad at all

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Old January 16th, 2013, 01:15 PM   #8892
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A2 Best

Left: old rijksweg 2. Right: current rijksweg 2 (A2) which is being widened to 2x3 lanes. At Best, a suburb of Eindhoven.

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Old January 16th, 2013, 01:39 PM   #8893
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I love the snow

My bicycle commute to school this morning wasn't bad at all

Interesting video. I'm so glad that practically no snow has fallen in Friesland.
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Old January 17th, 2013, 12:05 PM   #8894
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This is the Moordrecht Exit along A20, between Gouda and Rotterdam. This interchange has a major issue, it's located next to a busy railway, with a level crossing. A new interchange will be constructed slightly to the northeast and includes a viaduct across the railway to ease queuing traffic at the level crossing and prevent waiting lines on the motorway.

The motorway is also overdue for a widening to 2x3 lanes, but that's not planned at this time.


The 'farm house' in the trees to the right is one of the most populair swingers clubs in the Netherlands. Can get pretty busy around there on a Saturday evening
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Old January 20th, 2013, 02:20 AM   #8895
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All the more reasons to do the remake of this interchange which is way over due imho.
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Old January 20th, 2013, 02:58 PM   #8896
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A snowfront is passing the Netherlands yet again, I'm interested to find out whats going to happen!
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Old January 20th, 2013, 03:00 PM   #8897
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About 2cms of snow here.

The VerkeersInformatieDienst is predicting a heavy rush hour tomorrow morning with a total of up to 500 kms of traffic jams.
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Old January 20th, 2013, 03:06 PM   #8898
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We have lots and lots and lots of snow here and...

- they keep the roads clear
- trains run on time
- kids go to school
- everyone is having a great time
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Old January 20th, 2013, 05:08 PM   #8899
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We have lots and lots and lots of snow here and...

- they keep the roads clear
- trains run on time
- kids go to school
- everyone is having a great time
That isn't particularly difficult if you run on winter tires. If you do it on summer tires as most Dutch motorists do it becomes all of a sudden extremely tricky.
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Old January 20th, 2013, 05:24 PM   #8900
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And if you have a traffic density and population density, traffic (both rail and road) saturation..

It's not really comparable..
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