Nice summer weather caused more traffic jams in Netherlands

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Dutch roads were significantly busier this summer compared to the same period last year. The traffic severity - the length of a traffic jam multiplied by its duration - increased by 13 percent, the ANWB announced on Wednesday. July was especially busy, ANP reports.

According to the ANWB, the beautiful summer weather caused an increase in recreational traffic. As a result, the roads in Zuid-Holland, Zeeland, Noord-Brabant and Limburg were a lot busier this summer compared to the moderate summer of 2017. The many wildfires also caused extra delays.

In the first nine months of this year, traffic severity in the Netherlands increased by around 20 percent compared to last year. This is particularly noticeable on the A27 from Utrecht to Breda, the A4 from Amsterdam to Rotterdam, the A58 from Breda to Eindhoven and on the A15 from Rotterdam to Gorinchem.