The portion of the southbound A4 expressway that travels through the Schiphol Tunnel will remain closed at least through the evening rush hour period, and possibly into Wednesday, Dutch public works department Rijkswaterstaat announced Tuesday afternoon. The decision was made when engineers were unable to restart exhaust fans in the tunnel during safety testing.
The entire Schiphol tunnel from Amsterdam (A4) to The Hague is still closed on Tuesday morning following a fire on Monday afternoon. Traffic information service ANWB calls on motorists to avoid Amsterdam during rush hour and to travel to the airport by train, AD reports.
Traffic information service ANWB expects major traffic jams across the Netherlands today and tomorrow as the Dutch spring break kicks off. The ANWB particularly warns of traffic problems on roads heading towards ski areas, RTL Nieuws reports.
Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning for slick, icy roads for the entire Netherlands on Thursday morning. "Adjust your driving behavior", the institute warns. "Follow weather reports and warnings."
Traffic information services ANWB and VID also warned of icy roads. Both reported several traffic accidents already, though it is unclear whether any of these are related to the slickness on the roads.
Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning of icy, slick roads caused by the snowfall overnight. All provinces except the coastal ones are affected.
Motorists are warned that to adjust their driving behavior - slow down and keep a safe following distance. Keep a close eye on weather and traffic reports. The slickness should dissipate during the course of the morning. The southeast and eastern parts of the country will experience it the longest.
Icy roads caused numerous accidents across the Netherlands on Tuesday morning, despite a warning from meteorological institute KNMI for drivers to slow down and keep safe following distances. The code yellow weather warning affected the entire country except for the Wadden islands.
According to traffic information service VID, there were "various" accidents on the A58 highway near Heinkenszand due to icy, slippery roads. There were also accidents on the A16 near Breda Noord, on the A9 towards Alkaar near Badhoevendorp and on the A2 near Utrecht.
For the third day in a row meteorological institute KNMI issued a weather warning for slick roads and reduced visibility due to fog. The warning covers the entire Netherlands. "Adjust speed and keep a sufficient following distance", the KNMI warns. "Follow weather reports and warnings."
According to the KNMI, in some places visibility will be reduced to less than 200 meters. Local roads in particular may be icy and slick, as gritters don't always reach them.
Foggy weather on Wednesday morning could mean delays for flights to and from Schiphol, the airport said on Twitter. "Visibility and airport capacity are expected to remain reduced during the day", Schiphol wrote.
Dutch motorists spent more time in traffic more frequently in 2016, with a 12 percent increase in traffic severity, NOS reports based on figures from the ANWB. Traffic is expected to increase further in the coming years.
According to the broadcaster, the increase in traffic severity - the length of the traffic jam times its duration - has to do with the improving economy. The increase started in 2014, when the economy started picking up after the financial crisis. In 2015 traffic severity increased by 20 percent.
The next Dutch government should include a Minister for Mobility, who must focus on improving the connection in and between cities to prevent a further increase in traffic jams and accidents, according to a manifest set up by a coalition consisting of seven major public transporters and car companies, NOS reports.
The new Koning Willem-Alexander Tunnel on the A2 under Maastricht officially opened to traffic on Friday morning. And while there is a traffic jam on the A2 from Eindhoven to Maastricht, it is unrelated to the tunnel, according to the ANWB. Motorists should take 20 minutes of extra travel time into account because of this traffic jam.
At least two people were injured in an accident involving a truck and several cars on the A27 near Nieuwendijk on Tuesday afternoon. The A27 highway heading towards Utrecht is closed
An accident involving four cars brought traffic to a near standstill in Utrecht on Thursday morning. The accident happened just outside the Leidsche Rijn tunnel towards Amsterdam. Only one lane in the tunnel is currently open, according to traffic information service VID.
No trains are currently stopping at the station in Weesp due to a "suspicious situation". The police are investigating, according to the Gooi en Vechstreek Police on Twitter.
The A67 from Eindhoven towards Venlo was partly closed between Leenderheide and Someren on Monday morning after a police chase ended in a car rolling
The A2 highway from Maastricht to Eindhoven is closed on Tuesday morning after an accident left about 3 thousand chickens wandering the road
The A59 east is closed at Breda between junction Zonzeel and Terheijden after two accidents involving trucks happened on Friday morning. The authorities hope to open the road to traffic by 11:00 a.m.
It seems that many a Dutch is making the most of the hot weather by heading to the beach - roads towards the beaches are very busy with up to 5 kilometer long traffic jams, according to traffic information services VID and ANWB. The roads to the Zeeland beaches are particularly busy
Traffic information service ANWB is advising Dutch holiday goers to avoid the French motorways in what is set to be the first so-called "black Saturday" of the year. Massive traffic jams are expected in France as people rush to get to their holiday destinations
The A58 highway is closed near Tilburg in the direction of Breda on Friday morning due to an accident involving several cars. Traffic information service ANWB reports that people were injured, though how many people and the extent of their injuries are unclear. Emergency services are on site.
Dutch King Willem-Alexander expressed his condolences to the people of France following a terrorist attack in Nice on Thursday. "Our heart goes out to the victims of the attack in Nice", he said. So far there have been no reports of Dutch victims.
Over the past six months the the traffic severity - the number of traffic jams times their length - in the Netherlands increased by 10 percent, compared to the same period last year, ANWB announced on Thursday. The traffic information service attributes the increase in traffic to better economic conditions.
Traffic information service ANWB expects a very busy rush hour on Monday afternoon and evening due to storms hitting the Netherlands, especially in the eastern and northern parts of the country.
A group of 24 Dutch organizations sent an urgent letter to Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Monday calling on him to increase the budget for infrastructure and mobility in the Netherlands. According to the organization, the 10 billion euros reserved for the next two years is not nearly enough