The storms that moved from the southwest of the Netherlands northwards during the course of Thursday night, brought a massive 43 thousand lighting strikes with it. Some places got between 30 and 50 mm of rain. The storms caused problems with train traffic and car traffic and the fire department had to respond to 140 reports of flooding.
The Drechttunnel on the A16 towards Rotterdam has been closed down after a truck lost its load of Fristi. The yogurt drink is now covering the tunnel floor. The truck driver was driving under the influence of alcohol and fell asleep behind the wheel
The swimming ban in the North Sea between Wassenaar and Scheveningen has resulted in traffic jams towards the Zeeland coast. The swimming ban was implemented due to the presence of sea sparkle. According to the RIjkswaterstaat, there is no sea sparkle along the Zeeland coast, and many sunbathers are now heading there
A rear-end collision between a truck and a tanker on the A16 near the Belgian border, has turned the expected holiday traffic into a traffic jam.
Police checks often lead to unnecessary traffic problems which could create a dangerous situation on the road.
The ANWB advises motorists to wear sunglasses during the morning and evening rush hour on Thursday as the low hanging sun could hamper drivers' vision.
The Rijkswaterstaat has warned road users to take account of traffic jams on the highways because of police action.
The Rijkswaterstaat is expecting more hindrance than in previous actions because this time the police will also be performing their go-slow action during the morning and evening rush hours. The protesters announced that they will be driving at low speeds across the entire width of the roadway.
The winter weather caused more traffic problems last month than in February 2014. The severity of the traffic problems (the length of the jam and the time it lasted) was 50 percent higher than last year. This is according to figures published by the ANWB yesterday.
The ANWB does not agree with the fact that car tax is increased annually and wants to abolish the surcharges for cars and motorcycles, RTL reports. Together the 12 Dutch provinces currently collect about 1.5 billion euros in taxes from drivers per year. This must come to an end, according to the ANWB.
Unpopular measures would be needed to reduce the number of injuries and deaths in traffic, suggests a new study published today by the Road Safety Research Foundation (Stichting Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Verkeersveiligheid). The measures include compulsory helmet requirements for children and the elderly, as well as moped riders. Minister of Infrastructure Melanie Schultz van Haegen does not see this happening.
Snow and freezing have are the reasons why this morning is the busiest rush hour of the year, the ANWB said this morning. At around 08:10 this morning there was more than 550 kilometers of traffic jams throughout the country.
Trains nationwide will run normally on Friday, says a statement on the website of Dutch train service NS, though adding that some scheduling adjustments may occur if the weather becomes inclement.
The winter weather has resulted in NS adjusting its train schedule. For travelers in the Randstad this means a train every half hour instead of every quarter hour. Nothing changes in the provinces of Friesland, Groningen, Drenthe and Zeeland.
Thirty-five people were pulled from their vehicles by rescue workers after a truck loaded with hydrochloric acid was rear ended. The acid sprayed out of a tanker prompting a large-scale emergency response that shut highways and railways.
This morning's rush hour is the busiest of the year with 400 kilometers of slow moving or stationary traffic, reports the ANWB and Traffic Information Service. The traffic jams are mainly caused by collisions, slick roads and fog.
Those celebrating Sinterklaas tonight must remember to take the rush hour traffic into account. The Traffic Information Service warns that the evening rush hour will possibly twice as busy than usual.
A 34-year-old man died, and eight people were injured after a taxi van crashed into a car. The driver of the car, which was headed into oncoming traffic, died at the scene.
Tram traffic in the North and the center of Rotterdam was put on hold yesterday after an industrial accident occurred during maintenance work. One RET maintenance worker had to be brought to hospital after he received an electric shock, the NOS reports.
With the Dutch summer holiday season expected to kick into gear this weekend, travel association ANWB is predicting heavy traffic around the country. The organisation told newspaper AD they expect people to be disappointed if they plan to leave town tonight thinking they will beat the traffic on Saturday, especially if headed south.
Storms raged overnight across the Netherlands, causing at least one death in Amsterdam, and damage across the country. The foul weather knocked over a tree on the Damrak, which crashed into the public transit shelter where the victim had taken refuge, according to broadcaster RTV NH.
Tonight, The Netherlands will play Australia as their second game in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The match will be played in Porto Allegre where the weather is reportedly perfect and the Oranje fans are already gathering. Kick-off is at 6 p.m. Amsterdam time.
After two collisions in which one driver was killed on Tuesday evening, left the road closed for hours between Leerdam and Deil, the highway A15 is open again.
The Hoevelaken junction in the A28 highway between Utrecht and Amsterdam is going to partially be closed this weekend for reparation works to the road surface.
The entire inner city of Amsterdam is set to become a 30 kmph zone, which has been decided in an agreement between D66, GroenLinks and PvdA.