More traffic jams on Dutch roads; rush hour records broken

In the first six months of 2018 traffic congestion on Dutch roads increased by approximately 20 percent compared to the same period last year, the ANWB announced. In the months of March April and May there were a lot more traffic jams and rush hour records were broken time and again, RTL Nieuws reports.

The increased traffic was particularly noticeable at the biggest bottlenecks on the Dutch road network, especially on the A4 from Amsterdam to Rotterdam, the A20 from Hoek van Holland to Gouda, and the A27 from Utrecht to Breda.

Traffic jams increased significantly in the first half of the year, during both morning- and evening rush hours. The roads were also busier outside rush hour. The number of traffic incidents increased and contributed strongly to the increased traffic jams, according to the ANWB.

The busiest rush hour in the past six months happened on Tuesday, May 22nd. On that day heavy rains caused many accidents and delays. 

On Monday Statistics Netherlands revealed that the number of vehicles registered in the Netherlands increased by 2 percent last year.