Working from home is becoming increasingly common in the Netherlands. The number of people who work from home at least some of the time increased from 2.8 million in 2013 to 3.3 million last year. That is 37 percent of the employed workforce, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Wednesday.
Motorists must take longer travel time into account on Wednesday morning due to protests by farmers and construction workers. The construction workers are planning go-slow actions on Dutch highways and provincial roads. A court banned the farmers from blocking distribution centers, but other types of actions are planned.
This evening is Pakjesavond in the Netherlands - the evening on which Sinterklaas delivers his gifts. As a result, evening rush hour is expected to start earlier and be busier than usual, as many people leave work earlier than normal to get home on time, travelers association ANWB and public works department Rijkswaterstaat warn.
Commuters throughout the Netherlands can expect thick fog along the roadways Thursday morning, and the reduced visibility was likely to cause problems throughout the morning at Eindhoven Airport. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the whole country except Zeeland and the Wadden Islands, with visibility falling below 200 meters in some places.
Governments, the car industry and experts are so focused on the future of self-driving cars that little to no attention is paid to already existing advanced driver assistance systems. As a result, cars are allowed on the road with such systems that are not yet fully developed, and drivers often don't know what these systems can and cannot do, leading to risky situations on the road, the Dutch Safety Board concluded in its two-year-long study into driver assistance systems titled Who is in control? Road safety and automation in road traffic.
Of all Europeans, Netherlands residents face the longest daily commute. No less than 30 percent of workers in the Netherlands spend 45 minutes or more on the road or public transport between home and work, according to research by Savills. "This is because of our crowded roads and trains", Erik Beekman, corporate housing advisor at Savills, said to BNR.
Fog is reducing visibility to less than 200 meters in large parts of the Netherlands on Monday morning. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning. Road users are advised to drive slowly and keep a safe following distance.
The warning is in place for the provinces of Zuid-Holland, Noord-Holland, Limburg, Noord-Brabant, Utrecht and Gelderland. The fog should dissipate by around 9:00 a.m.
The Dutch government is pushing over a billion euros into improving accessibility within the Netherlands. Schiphol Station will undergo major renovations for 237 million euros, and a high speed train line will soon link the northern cities of Leeuwarden and Groningen with the rest of the country, Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen and State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven of Infrastructure and Water Management said in a letter to parliament.
Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the entire Netherlands, except the Wadden Islands. Commuters are warned to be careful of icy roads and thick fog during morning rush hour.
Areas that had rain overnight will have a good chance of icy and slippery roads. "All traffic participants can be hindered by this. Adjust your driving behavior", the KNMI warned.
In the northeastern and central parts of the country fog can reduce visibility to less tan 200 meters. Motorists are advised to adjust their speed and keep a safe following distance.
The Netherlands business community suffered 1.4 billion euros in damages last year caused by trucks being stuck in traffic jams, according to a study by Panteia on behalf of business association Evofenedex and Dutch transport and logistics organization TLN, RTL Nieuws reports.
At 1.4 billion euros, the traffic damage in 2018 was 5.6 percent higher than the year before. The largest portion of these damages, 26.1 million euros, came from the daily traffic jams on the A4 between the Burgerveen junction and the Prins Clausplein junction.
Traffic piled up on Dutch roads even before morning rush hour started on Tuesday morning. By 8:00 a.m. there were 172 traffic jams covering 862 kilometers throughout the Netherlands, according to travelers' association ANWB.
Accidents on the A2, A58, A1, and A28 highways contributed to the pileups on Tuesday morning.
A power outage affected the entire island of Curacao on Monday. The power went out at around 9:15 a.m. local time. Nine hours later, some parts of the island were getting power again, including the hospital in Otrobanda and hotels along the coast, NOS reports.
According to electricity supplier Aqualectra, the outage was caused by a fire in the power plant on the site of the Isla oil refinery. The fire caused a short circuit, which affected the island's entire electricity network.
The roads across the Netherlands were jammed up more than usual just before the Tuesday morning rush hour was underway. There were local reports of fog in several parts of the country, as well as rain and scattered showers in several provinces.
A rough rush hour was likely on the roads both Tuesday morning and at the end of the workday, according to infrastructure agency Rijkswaterstaat.
The construction work done in Amsterdam Zuidas over the weekend was completed during the early hours of Monday morning. Parts of the A10 and A4 highways that were closed for the work, reopened slightly earlier than the planned 5:00 a.m. on Monday.
Amsterdam Zuidas is unreachable by train or car today and through the weekend. People planning to go to Zuidas on Friday are urgently advised not to do so unless absolutely necessary.
The installation of a massive rooftop for the new passenger tunnel from Amsterdam Zuid station across the A10 South and the railway means that car and truck access will be severely limited during the 79-hour period, with no trains running at the area's train stations on Friday and Saturday.
Amsterdam residents and other people traveling through the city are advised to avoid the Amsterdam Zuidas from Thursday night through Monday morning. The installation of a massive rooftop for the new passenger tunnel from Amsterdam Zuid station across the A10 South and the railway means that car and truck access will be severely limited during the 79-hour period, with no trains running at the area's train stations on Friday and Saturday.
A large protest by construction workers on the Malieveld in The Hague has come to an end and protesters have started to leave the city. The police made several arrests during the protest, but will only announce the actual number of arrests at the end of the day. Travelers' association ANWB expects a busy evening rush hour, especially around The Hague, as the protesters and their construction vehicles head home.
A difficult morning rush hour is expected as the construction sector is heading towards The Hague to protest against the government's nitrogen policy and PFAS standard. Traffic is piling up on various highways throughout the country, causing delays up to 90 minutes.
Fog and slippery roads are causing havoc with traffic in the Netherlands on Tuesday morning. At 8:00 a.m. there were 157 traffic jams on Dutch roads, covering 728 kilometers, according to travelers' association ANWB.
An accident on the A2 near the Oudenrijn junction got the morning off to a troublesome start, tying up traffic between Den Bosch and Utrecht, according to ANWB. The left lane had been closed and was reopened by 6:30 a.m., but there was still heavy traffic in north- and southbound lanes 90 minutes later.
Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure and safe traffic association VVN launched a campaign to draw attention to proper lights on bicycles on Monday. Winter and the end of daylight savings time on Sunday mean that it's getting dark earlier and earlier, making it even more important that cyclists are well noticeable on the roads.
Public works department Rijkswaterstaat closed the A12 highway from Utrecht to Den Haag at Nootdorp at the request of the police. The highway is overcrowded with farmers on tractors heading towards The Hague for a demonstration. Rijkswaterstaat advises motorists to avoid the highways around The Hague region.
Hundreds of farmers have taken to the streets on their tractors in another protest against nitrogen measures. They will start their protest in De Bilt, near the national institute for public health and environment RIVM, and then move on to The Hague around midday. Traffic is already piling up, with 346 kilometers of traffic jams reported by 7:15 a.m., according to the ANWB.
Amsterdam plans to restrict cars in the city even more in order to keep the city accessible and reduce emissions. The Amsterdam office of mayor and aldermen presented a 'Car-less Agenda' with 27 measures to reduce car traffic in the city. The package of measures is mainly focused on investing in public transit and improving bicycle and pedestrian connections, NOS reports.
Evening rush hour will be busier than usual and start earlier than usual on Tuesday due to farmers protesting in The Hague, travelers' association ANWB expects. The rainy weather will also contribute to longer traffic jams.
Traffic was already at a standstill in many parts of Den Haag and the surrounding area by 3:30 p.m.