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Old November 23rd, 2016, 01:01 PM   #14021
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The most recent data concerning the traffic jams.

1. Annual traffic jam weight (millions of kilometer-minutes).


2. The traveled kilometers on the main roads (rijkswegen) (billions of kilometers).


Some interesting things are to be observed here.

You frequently hear about how the recession has reduced traffic congestion. This would imply that traffic congestion was reduced due to less traffic. However, if you compare the two graphs, you'll see the traffic jam reduction was the greatest from 2010-2014 while at the same time, the amount of traveled kilometers grew quite strongly from ~62.5 billion km to ~66 billion km.

At the same time, stories about 'peak car' have been common for years. It has been suggested that high growth scenarios are unrealistic and thus there is less need for road capacity expansion. However, if you look at the vehicle-kilometers traveled graph, you'll see 2014-2016 had the strongest traffic growth in the 21st century so far.
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Was the rapid traffic growth "new traffic" that didn't exist before or was it due to a modal shift from other means of traffic?
This is all new traffic, as bicycle usage is increasing and train usage is also growing pretty fast, so there is no apparent modal shift. The Netherlands booked some reasonably solid economic growth over the past two years as well, unemployment has gone down to 5.6%. The Dutch population is also still growing.

It also appears to be a catch-up to pre-recession levels of traffic growth. Traffic growth was suppressed during the recession (though no long-term declines in traffic).
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Old November 23rd, 2016, 06:29 PM   #14022
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The only non-marginal modal shifts that have occured over the last couple of... decades, I want to say, is between cycling and public transport IIRC
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Old November 23rd, 2016, 06:58 PM   #14023
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During the period from 1994 to 2007, regional public transport (bus, tram, subway) lost 2.4 billion passenger kilometers. Trains gained 3 billion km, cycling 0.8 billion and cars..... 18 billion kilometers. The growth in vehicle traffic was larger than all train travel at that time (15.7 billion km).
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Old November 23rd, 2016, 08:54 PM   #14024
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A shame, really as the Netherlands would be perfectly suited to have a huge train modal share.
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Old November 23rd, 2016, 09:03 PM   #14025
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The Netherlands has a very intensively used rail network. Train frequencies are very high and trains are frequently overcrowded.

However, the Dutch motorway network evolved from an intercity network to a large metropolitan motorway network. People commute not only from suburbs to cities, but also between cities, between suburbs, from villages to metropolitan regions, etc. making the traffic flows extremely diffuse. Train services are still geared for travel between city centers, and they achieve a high share on those routes.

Traffic growth really began to pick up in the 1980s as the children of baby boomers entered the workforce. Traffic then grow even faster in the 1990s as it became common to have two income households (both husband and wife having jobs). The recent recession also caused people to accept jobs farther from home. However, with two-income households, moving for a job is more difficult than ever, housing prices are high in the west, social circles are difficult to change and a long-distance move means both partners need to get a new job, which is no easy task despite the recovering economy. The job market is still fragile.
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Old November 23rd, 2016, 11:34 PM   #14026
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A different question,

Traveling on the N322 just before the autoweg-section one of the junctions (Kruising Boven-Leeuwen) was lid by LED-lights, while that is not surprising, they emitted a green light. I have seen this in rural roads but not on a main 80km/h road near (green) traficlights.
Is this new? And how often do you see green light on non-rural roads?

There is a picture of the exact lights on the wegen-forum website:
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Old November 24th, 2016, 01:43 AM   #14027
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The first installations of LED lights were either green or white with a green glow. Green was used for rural areas to prevent light pollution and the much feared bright white led lights. A consequence of this was that visibility wasn't really great. Especially since red was now harder to see. Since then many new models have been released and many places have switches to brighter or more 'natural' looking lights now. Still doesn't answer your question about why they were placed there; either they were early-adopter models or it was done to combat light pollution.
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Old November 25th, 2016, 07:30 PM   #14028
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A6 Almere

Tonight and tomorrow will be the final construction works on A6 in southern Almere.

Starting tomorrow, 26 November in the evening, there will be 2x4 lanes on A6 between the Holland Bridge and Almere-Stedenwijk.

There will also be an official knooppunt designation for the A6-N702 interchange; Knooppunt Gooimeer. This used to be exit 3. Exit 3 is now moved to a new exit at the Havendreef, a local road. It is now known as Almere-Stedenwijk.

As the Almere-Stedenwijk exit was operational before the exit 3 became a motorway interchange (which do not have numbers in the Netherlands), there was a temporary exit number 3a for Almere-Stedenwijk and 3 for Almere Stad-West, which now becomes Knooppunt Gooimeer.

A map detailing the changes:
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Old November 26th, 2016, 01:41 AM   #14029
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A shame, really as the Netherlands would be perfectly suited to have a huge train modal share.
It doesn't have competitive prices compared to a car. Neither the times.
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As I understand the Afsluitdijk, de dyke that divides North See from Ijselmeer needs to be renovated. The 32 km long dyke has been built in the 30s, there is some 900 million euro available for the renovation.


http://www.trouw.nl/tr/nl/39681/nbsp...enoveren.dhtml

The Dutch are quite seriously analysing the possibility of the country being overflooded with water in a case of a perfect storm and are taking further precautions to prevent such a scenario.
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Old November 26th, 2016, 11:04 AM   #14031
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It doesn't have competitive prices compared to a car. Neither the times.
Few people pay the full price of a train ticket. Many are on discount plans and all students travel for free. Many people working for (semi) government also travel for free or a very low cost. This also happens to be the workers that have the highest modal share using public transport.

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The Dutch are quite seriously analysing the possibility of the country being overflooded with water in a case of a perfect storm and are taking further precautions to prevent such a scenario.
A large number of flooding protection projects have recently been completed. These included upgrading weak links along the coast and increasing capacity of rivers (called the 'room for the river' programme).

The road and rail infrastructure in the Netherlands cannot support a large-scale evacuation of the low-lying areas, so it all comes down to prevention. Also, the economic cost of a major flooding event would be incredible.
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Old November 26th, 2016, 11:18 AM   #14032
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speed checks

An overview of speeding fine revenue from average speed checks, January to October 2016.

Rechts (right) means a location in the direction of increasing kilometrage.
Links (left) means a location in the direction of decreasing kilometrage.

(for example A2 links is towards Amsterdam while A2 rechts is towards Maastricht)

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Old November 26th, 2016, 12:21 PM   #14033
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Old November 26th, 2016, 05:51 PM   #14034
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Few people pay the full price of a train ticket. Many are on discount plans and all students travel for free. Many people working for (semi) government also travel for free or a very low cost. This also happens to be the workers that have the highest modal share using public transport.
Indeed. This shows that trains are not competitively priced and buying of the tickets needs to be subsidized in order to be competitive (don't forget the coverage of travelling costs that's part of almost all the salaries, for PT en cars alike).

It would be better, if the government subsidized the train transport directly in order to make it more competitive and more attractive.
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Indeed. This shows that trains are not competitively priced and buying of the tickets needs to be subsidized in order to be competitive (don't forget the coverage of travelling costs that's part of almost all the salaries, for PT en cars alike).

It would be better, if the government subsidized the train transport directly in order to make it more competitive and more attractive.
Yeah there's loads of excess capacity in our rush hour trains on what's already the most-frequently traveled network in Europe
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Yeah there's loads of excess capacity in our rush hour trains on what's already the most-frequently traveled network in Europe
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Old November 29th, 2016, 09:45 PM   #14037
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A16 Rotterdam

Road and water authority Rijkswaterstaat has started the tender for the extension of A16 along the northern side of Rotterdam.

It is a DBFM contract, a Design-Build-Finance-Maintain concession, with a value of approximately € 975 million. It is a multi-phased tender procedure, they expect to award the contract in 2018.

Dutch contracts are not based on lowest price, but best value procurement. For this reason, foreign construction companies almost never get awarded any major motorway contract, as the rules are very strict in regards to traffic impacts, noise, environmental and social aspects.

Construction is planned to begin in 2019, the new motorway will open in 2024.
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Amalia Bridge

The new Amalia Bridge next to A12 in Waddinxveen / Gouda is nearing completion. It is a new four lane road that will act as a local reliever to A12 and new Gouwe River crossing. Here are some photos taken by constructor Heijmans.



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Old November 30th, 2016, 10:09 AM   #14039
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Still mobile bridges on motorways? Weren't there better alternatives?
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Old November 30th, 2016, 10:45 AM   #14040
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Still mobile bridges on motorways? Weren't there better alternatives?
This is not a motorway, but a local thoroughfare parallel to that.

Mind you, even the almighty A16 in Rotterdam (240.000 /vehicles days) still has a retractable component.
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