A large part of the Netherlands is covered in snow on Friday. It is expected to melt away quickly, but will likely still cause problems during the morning commute. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for icy roads, applicable to the entire country. And NS is running fewer trains.
A snow front is slowly moving across the Netherlands, and is expected to hover over much of the southern Netherlands by 5 p.m. on Wednesday. The first snow already fell in the southern provinces, but it had caused few problems throughout the day. Some traffic problems are expected during evening rush hour, according to the ANWB, with about 175 kilometers of traffic jams reported by 4:30 p.m.
While the snowfall may be over for most of the Netherlands, roads throughout the country can still be slick due to wet areas freezing overnight and leftover snow. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the entire country.
The code yellow warning is in effect until at least noon. By then most of the iciness on the roads should have melted away, the KNMI expects.
It was a record-setting day in The Netherlands on Tuesday, but in a particularly good way. Traffic jams stuffed up 2,287 kilometers of Dutch roadways, what traveler's association ANWB called a new record.
The jams were nearly double that which was recorded on November 1, the worst date of 2018.
There were over 1,635 kilometers of traffic jams across the Netherlands at 5:05 p.m. on Tuesday, just as the evening rush hour got underway, according to travel association ANWB.
The Rotterdam The Hague Airport is temporarily closed on Tuesday due to snowfall. The fire department is at the airport to clear snow off the runways, but did not have much success, a spokesperson said to RTV Rijnmond. The airport will assess the situation again after 2:00 p.m. and decide whether it can reopen.
At least one incoming flight was redirected to Schiphol due to the closure, according to the broadcaster. A few departing flights have been delayed
The Netherlands is expected to get some snow this morning, and this will likely cause problems with all forms of travel. NS and ProRail are running fewer trains, Schiphol warns of flight delays, and public works department Rijkswaterstaat expects traffic problems, especially during evening rush hour. A code yellow warning for slick roads is in effect for the entire country.
The Netherlands is expected to get its first proper snowfall of this winter on Tuesday. This could cause cancellations for flights from, to or through Amsterdam, KLM warns. Heavy traffic is also expected during rush hour on Tuesday morning and evening, NU.nl reports.
Drivers in the Netherlands were neither imagining things nor embellishing in 2018 when they complained about travel times. Dutch highways were far more clogged in 2018 than a year earlier, with traffic jams up nearly 20 percent.
The heavy traffic had an impact on rush hour, but also outside of the daily busy periods, travellers association ANWB revealed on Thursday. The organization made their calculations based on both the frequency and duration of traffic jams.
Rotterdam will get a new bank crossing connection with a highway and public transit to relieve the increasing traffic on the A16 highway, Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure, the province of Zuid-Holland, the municipalities of Rotterdam and The Hague, and the surrounding municipalities agreed, NOS reports.
This week is starting out rainy for the Netherlands and that could mean a busy rush hour on Monday morning, Weerplaza expects. The weather service expects between 200 and 400 kilometers of traffic jams on Dutch roads. Train traffic may also suffer under the weather, though indirectly through leafs falling on the track.
Madness reigned on Dutch roads on Tuesday morning. A combination of rainy weather and a large number of accidents caused numerous traffic jams and delays. Both the ANWB and Rijkswaterstaat called it a rush hour record for this year, the Telegraaf reports.
Morning rush hour is expected to be a doozy on Tuesday. The wet autumn weather is expected to cause many traffic jams, according to both Rijkswaterstaat and ANWB, RTL Nieuws reports.
Rijkswaterstaat expects a traffic jam peak of over 300 kilometers on the Dutch highways this morning. By 7:00 a.m. there were already 90 kilometers of traffic jams on the highway, the Public Works department reported.
Traffic organization ANWB expects a busy evening rush hour on Friday. Schools in the central and northern regions of the Netherlands are closing for autumn holidays on Friday, and many vacationers are expected to hit the road, ANWB reports.
The A28 highway between Zwolle and Groningen is closed in both directions at Assen after a major accident involving four trucks. Traffic service ANWB expects that the highway will be closed until at least 4:00 p.m. on Friday. Motorists are advised to seek alternative routes, NU.nl reports.
According to the ANWB, the accident caused havoc on the road. One side of the highway is full of mail, which came out of one of the trucks. The other side is full of beets. Exactly how the accident happened is not yet known.
Multiple accidents caused extreme amounts of traffic on Dutch roads during rush hour on Thursday evening. There was a total of 478 kilometers of traffic jams on the Dutch highways, making Thursday evening the busiest rush hour in the Netherlands so far this year, according to Rijkswaterstaat.
According to the ANWB, which also takes provincial roads into account, there was 887 kilometers of traffic jams on Dutch roads on Thursday evening. According to the ANWB's figures, Thursday evening was the third busiest rush hour this year.
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.
A new political proposal could ban bike riders in the Netherlands from using their mobile phones. The law change was prepared by Cora van Nieuwenhuizen-Wijbenga, the Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, with consultation from the Security and Justice Ministry, according to a letter she sent to the chair of the Dutch lower house of Parliament.
Last year CO2 emissions in the Netherlands were at the same level as in 1990, Statistics Netherlands reported. Though the emission of other greenhouse gasses - methane, nitrous oxide and F-gasses - halved in that period. The total greenhouse gas emissions were 13 percent lower in 2017 than in 1990.
A total of 163 billion kilograms of CO2 were emitted in the Netherlands last year, about the same as in 1990. Though the stats office points out that the sectors that produce greenhouse gasses have grown considerably since 1990.
Dutch holidaymakers abroad were massively hit by car troubles over the weekend. The ANWB support centers were flooded with calls about punctures, overheated engines, broken batteries and other car related problems, RTL Nieuws reports.
The ANWB support center in Lyon received 1,600 calls on one day. "A huge number. It is clear to see that the whole of the Netherlands is on holiday", an ANWB spokesperson said to the broadcaster.
By far the most reports came from France, followed by Italy an Germany. The offices in the Netherlands are also running at full speed.
Motorists can expect busy roads and traffic jams this weekend, both at home and abroad. In the Netherlands the roads will be crowded due to festivals and concerts. And many holidaymakers are expected on the roads abroad, RTL Nieuws reports.
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.
The number of vehicles on Dutch roads increased slightly over the past year. At the start of this year there were 12.5 million registered vehicles in the Netherlands, 2 percent more than in early 2017, Statistics Netherlands reported.
Almost all types of vehicles saw an increase, delivery vans in particular. At the start of 2018 there were more than 883 thousand delivery vans in the country, an increase of 5 percent compared to a year earlier.
Tuesday evening saw the busiest evening rush hour in the Netherlands so far this year. At its peak, there were 955 kilometers of traffic jams on Dutch roads, according to traffic association ANWB.
The traffic jams were mainly caused by bad weather in the south and east of the country, a spokesperson for Dutch public works department Rijkswaterstaat said to ANP. "In addition, almost everyone had off on Monday, making it extra busy on Tuesday", the spokesperson said.