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Old October 31st, 2017, 11:46 PM   #15021
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Why don't they just call it Maassluis tunnel? The only crossing that currently exists over there is the Maassluis-Rozenburg ferry. Everyone knows Maassluis, which has subway stops with the name in it as well... It's obvious.

I guess they're just trying to forge a tradition of stupid names. "Benelux tunnel" is dumb as well, most people would think that's near the border with Belgium somewhere if they'd never heard of it before.
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Old October 31st, 2017, 11:47 PM   #15022
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In Germany there was a free day today (500th anniversary of reformation). As usually on days which are free in Germany but not in the Netherlands, there was a huge shopping traffic from D to NL.
This afternoon there was only one single congestion in North Rhine Westphalia (which is pretty unusual), A52 from Mönchengladbach to Roermond. Congestion length was over 10 km, delay over an hour. (In Roermond there is a large shopping center).
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Old October 31st, 2017, 11:54 PM   #15023
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Yes, the Designer Outlet Roermond. A52/N280 is a set bottleneck if there is a holiday in Germany that is not one in the Netherlands. Enschede also reported a huge gridlock around the inner city due to visiting Germans.

There are a fairly large number of public holidays in Germany that are not celebrated in the Netherlands;
* 1 May / Labor Day
* Fronleichnam (Corpus Christi)
* Maria Himmelfart (Assumption Day)
* Tag der Deutschen Einheit (unification day, obviously not in NL)
* Reformationstag (Reformation Day)
* Allerheiligen (All Saints)

These are mostly catholic holidays. Though southern Netherlands is traditionally catholic, these are not public holidays in the Netherlands.
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Old November 1st, 2017, 12:06 AM   #15024
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Public holidays in Germany are partially controlled on regional level (Bundesland).
There is a list e.g. HERE, you can see that e.g. Assumption is a holiday only in Bavaria and Saarland, Corpus Christi in some catholic regions, etc.
If you click on 2018, you'll see Reformation Day is usually only a holiday in mainly lutheran regions, in Eastern Germany. I think no one does a one day trip from Saxony to the Netherlands ;-) Perhaps to Poland :-) This year, because of the 500th anniversary, this day was a public holiday in whole Germany.
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Old November 1st, 2017, 01:18 AM   #15025
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The problem is not public holidays, but the truckban on motorways on those days. That is absurd.
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Old November 1st, 2017, 02:54 AM   #15026
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Old November 1st, 2017, 11:14 AM   #15027
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Old November 1st, 2017, 12:44 PM   #15028
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The problem is not public holidays, but the truckban on motorways on those days. That is absurd.
A truckban is a blessing if you need to drive across Germany, trust me.

Today is another national holiday here
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Old November 1st, 2017, 11:49 PM   #15029
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The main issue is, again, that trucks may run in the Netherlands, but not in Germany (in some cases they are banned only in NRW, but it does not help them very much). So they drive to the border and try to stop there. Of course at not any border crossing is there a parking lot having the needed capacity: it is only needed in 5-6 days a year.
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Old November 1st, 2017, 11:56 PM   #15030
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Yep, the Sunday driving bans are managable, but two consecutive days in the middle of the workweek where trucks are banned are a real problem, yesterday there were reports of trucks parking on the shoulder near rest areas 100 kilometers before the border.

It messes up logistics across Europe, this week has 8 days of which 4 have a driving ban. That means billions of euros worth of freight cannot be moved. With Germany's central location in Europe, this impacts logistics and supply lines beyond just the border region.
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Old November 2nd, 2017, 06:41 PM   #15031
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Yes! But it isn't great to ride on. Pretty small from Meppel to Assen.
But the looks are great
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Old November 2nd, 2017, 07:03 PM   #15032
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A28 runs through a TOTSO: Turn Off To Stay On. In other words, traffic from Zwolle to Groningen and vice versa has to exit the mainline to follow that route.

Historically, traffic following A28 was the dominant traffic flow, as A37 became a two-lane road at Hoogeveen. However present traffic volumes are similar for through traffic from Zwolle to Emmen and Zwolle to Groningen (and vice versa). So there is not a dominant traffic flow anymore.

Ideally there would be an interchange similar to Hattemerbroek (A28/A50) where Zwolle to Groningen traffic would get a semi-direct two-lane connector ramp and the Groningen to Zwolle ramp would be expanded to two lanes.

The Hoogeveen interchange was once planned to connect to A48 from Arnhem as well, making it one of the most important interchanges in the north and east of the Netherlands. However A48 was never built as intended. Only the short A348 near Arnhem (90 kilometers away from Hoogeveen) was ultimately built.

A48 was planned from Arnhem to Zutphen to Deventer to Ommen to Hoogeveen.
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Old November 2nd, 2017, 09:31 PM   #15033
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Such a shame they didn't build it.
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Old November 2nd, 2017, 09:40 PM   #15034
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Eastern Netherlands lacks a good north-south route. I think A48 is not needed in its entirety, though Zutphen - Deventer needs an upgrade. But a motorway from Almelo to Hoogeveen would link the north with Twente with a faster and (much) safer link.
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Yep, the Sunday driving bans are managable, but two consecutive days in the middle of the workweek where trucks are banned are a real problem, yesterday there were reports of trucks parking on the shoulder near rest areas 100 kilometers before the border.
That's insane. But to be fair, on any given day during the week trucks are parked in emergency lanes near rest areas on the A67. During business hours the A67 and parts of the A58 are heavily congested.
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Old November 3rd, 2017, 02:07 AM   #15036
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maybe allowing Sunday work would mean less trucks on the other days...
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Eastern Netherlands lacks a good north-south route. I think A48 is not needed in its entirety, though Zutphen - Deventer needs an upgrade. But a motorway from Almelo to Hoogeveen would link the north with Twente with a faster and (much) safer link.
Maybe a "gelbe autostrasse" like road like we see further (north)east would be a good solution.
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Old November 3rd, 2017, 05:03 PM   #15038
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Rijksweg 64

Rijksweg 64 in 1962. Rijksweg 64 was the number for what is presently A2 between Den Bosch and Eindhoven. Rijksweg 64 was widened to a four lane divided highway between 1955 and 1962, however it was not a motorway. It wasn't until the 1990s that this road was upgraded to motorway standards. It presently handles 110,000 vehicles per day on six lanes.

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Old November 4th, 2017, 11:53 AM   #15039
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Was there a reason this 2x2 with big trees in the middle was so populair. The A50, A2, A65 and A67 all had this set-up. Was this in tune with the time or something else?
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I think they used to stand on the side of the road, but when the road was twinned to four lanes, they built a carriageway on the other side of the trees. So the trees end up in the median.

Of course they are a hazard, as they stand in the obstacle-free zone. Technically they should either be cut down or have crash barriers placed in front of them.
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