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Old February 8th, 2010, 09:04 AM   #581
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On the Dutch news they said that Belgium has lowered the speed limit on some motorways to 90 km/h, due to smog. By lowering the speed limit they want to prevent that the smog gets heavier.
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Old February 8th, 2010, 10:27 AM   #582
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Useless political symbol measure. Traffic is responsible for about 4% of the concentrations, and lowering the speed limit by 30 km/h means you're talking about a few hundredths difference.

Smog exists because of meteorological circumstances, mostly inversion and dry weather conditions plus geographic features such as mountains, although this is not necessary to create smog. Emissions accumulate under it for several days or even longer.
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Old February 9th, 2010, 11:40 AM   #583
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Is "that it" in terms of building any more motorways/autoroutes?
(For example there is no A5, A6 and the A28 is TINY, surely more is planned?)
A28 is short but continues as a four lane main road with roundabouts: http://maps.google.ch/maps?f=q&sourc...06845&t=k&z=18
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Old February 9th, 2010, 12:29 PM   #584
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Protest agains new lanes on Bruxelles ring motorway: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=av4d8AzPcCM
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Old February 9th, 2010, 12:35 PM   #585
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That was one year ago...
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Old February 10th, 2010, 09:17 PM   #586
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At 950 kilometers of traffic jam, Belgium recorded the worst rush hour ever due to snow. Virtually the entire country was inaccessible.













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Old February 10th, 2010, 10:02 PM   #587
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And hardly any problems with the trains... But that's not important for the media so they don't report that, sadly enough.

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Old February 11th, 2010, 01:51 AM   #588
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Trains carry only a fraction of all traffic. So no need to mention.
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Old February 12th, 2010, 12:10 AM   #589
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I hope you were being sarcastic... Otherwise you're totally wrong:

Rail in 2009: 217.7 million people (http://www.deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuw...ws/100115_NMBS)
Brussels Airport in 2009: 17 million people (http://www.brusselsairport.be/en/news/newsItems/358726 - currently not available due to the site being in "light" version for heavy traffic)

I couldn't immediately find the total number for all airports, but even if you quadruple the number, it'll still be less than a third compared to the travellers by rail.

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Old February 12th, 2010, 01:40 AM   #590
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I hope you were being sarcastic... Otherwise you're totally wrong:
I don't think so: a lot of people compare what is not comparable (public transport share on low density regions will always be negligible, instead in big cities this can reach 75% or even more; but as a lot of trips and/or passengers*km are done outside cities, a modal split figure on a nationwide scale is not really significative).
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Old February 12th, 2010, 10:34 AM   #591
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I hope you were being sarcastic... Otherwise you're totally wrong:

Rail in 2009: 217.7 million people
Calculate that figure to a daily basis...

217.700.000 / 365 = 596.438 then divide this by two to get the actual amount of the population = 298.219 people out of almost 11 million people use the train. Of course, not everybody of those 11 million travels, but you'll get the gist.

It's often presented like rail and roads are equally important, but in fact rail is only a 10th as important calculated to actual usage.
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Old February 12th, 2010, 10:42 AM   #592
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Old February 12th, 2010, 02:16 PM   #593
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Calculate that figure to a daily basis...

217.700.000 / 365 = 596.438 then divide this by two to get the actual amount of the population = 298.219 people out of almost 11 million people use the train. Of course, not everybody of those 11 million travels, but you'll get the gist.

It's often presented like rail and roads are equally important, but in fact rail is only a 10th as important calculated to actual usage.
You seem to forget that offices in city centres are virtually just reachable by rail only. There is neither the space for roads nor parking. For employees who work there rail is at least as important as roads are for other people.
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Old February 14th, 2010, 02:56 PM   #594
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Yes but only a fraction of the entire national work force works in offices like these, so what to think of the relative importance of Rail? It's probably a lot lower than transportation by car. Yet most European countries don't spend nearly enough money to facilitate road-construction on an even, usage driven basis.
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Old February 14th, 2010, 05:22 PM   #595
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... omg, there seem to be quite a lot of destinations on the right - AND ALL important ones ;-)
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... the ever fascinating ring de Charleroi (petite ceinture/kleine ring R9)
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... winding A503 in lush greenery
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Old February 23rd, 2010, 07:28 PM   #596
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Infamous interchange Cheratte (E25/E40/E42) near Liège, shortly after opening.



Nowadays, the interchange looks more like a jungle with bad sight lines and priority entrances. This interchange is noted for it's unconventional design that confuses most drivers who take it three quarters.
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Old February 28th, 2010, 03:26 PM   #597
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Another freak accident on E17 near Kruibeke, a truck tipped over and sandwiched a small van. The driver only had a black eye! Talk about a miracle.

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Old March 1st, 2010, 09:59 PM   #598
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Belgian number plates always look odd to me. They don't seem to 'fit in' with cars. anyone else find this?
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Old March 1st, 2010, 10:30 PM   #599
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Yeah I agree with you. Although you should know Belgians seem to be proud of the fact they're one of a kind.
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Old March 2nd, 2010, 12:27 AM   #600
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Nah, we're more embarassed about us being the last country not to have EU plates yet...


No seriously.. Some people actually feel 'bad' about having to change the colors (only yellow-black and white-black are allowed). "If the Dutch can keep theirs, why do we have to change ours".. :p
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