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.
Commuters trying to navigate the Amsterdam area were advised to allow for plenty of extra time if using the highways on Monday evening after a fire in a Schiphol Tunnel passageway led to the closure of both the tunnel and the southbound A4 motorway towards Den Haag. Drivers were told to divert to the congested A2 to Utrecht, and then take the A12 road west as an alternative, adding 30 to 40 kilometers to the drive home.
There were no reported injuries in the fire, but the fire did damage safety systems in the tunnel.
A code yellow weather warning for strong winds is currently in effect for most of the Netherlands. Only Friesland and Groningen are not affected. According to meteorological institute KNMI, the rest of the country can expect gusts of up to 90 kilometers per hour.
This could have consequences for traffic and outside activities, the KNMI warns. "Follow weather forecasts and warnings."
A massive storm is set to hit the Netherlands this afternoon, bringing with it winds of up to 130 kilometers per hour. The windy weather is expected to cause problems with all forms of transport in the country, from motor traffic to planes.
Last year Haarlem was the Dutch city with the most traffic jams, according to the annual TomTom Traffic Index. Haarlem motorists who drove to work during morning rush hour every weekday, spent 100 hours in traffic jams last year. After three years in first place, the Hague dropped to second place in 2016. Amsterdam came in fifth, 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.
Friday is turning out to be a cold day for the Netherlands, with afternoon temperatures expected to range between freezing and -2 degrees. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning, warning motorists to be careful of slick, icy roads across the country.
The icy weather will continue on through Saturday. The western parts of the country will have some snow on Friday night, and it will spread to the eastern parts of the country during the night. The conditions on the roads is expected to be worse on Saturday morning.
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.
Thick fog and icy roads will make for difficult driving conditions throughout the Netherlands on Thursday morning. Meteorological institute issued a code yellow warning for almost the entire country, warning of visibility of less than 100 meters in some places.
Both fog and iciness should dissipate during the course of the morning. The weather warning is in effect until noon. "Adjust your driving behavior. Follow weather reports and warnings", the meteorological institute warns.
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.
If no decisive measures are taken, roads in Dutch cities will be completely blocked by 2021 due to a doubling in traffic, Trouw reports based on an investigation CROW did for the newspaper. According to the research firm, the current focus is too much on solving traffic problems on main roads and highways, and too little on city accessibility.
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.
The Koning Willem-Alexander tunnel under Maastricht is opening to traffic tonight. The intention is that this 2.4 kilometer long tunnel will put an end to an era of long traffic jams on the A2 highway in the city, NOS reports.
According to Rijkswaterstaat, the tunnel will take about 80 percent of the traffic currently traveling along Maastricht, and will therefore make a significant improvement to the rush hour situation on the A2.
Motorists will face a difficult morning rush hour in the central and southern parts of the Netherlands on Monday due to thick mists and dangerous conditions. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning, warning that visibility may be reduced to less than 200 meters in some places.
"Dangerous driving conditions due to poor visibility. Adjust speed and keep a safe distance. Mist can be treacherous by sudden onset. Folow weather forecasts and warnings", the KNMI advises. The mist is expected to dissipate during the course of the morning.
Fog banks and slick, icy roads will make for a busy morning rush hour across the Netherlands on Tuesday. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning for the entire country.
Temperatures dropping below zero during the night means that roads will be icy this morning, especially local roads that aren't sprinkled with salt. Mist banks will also reduce visibility to less than 200 meters in man places. "All road users may be hindered. Adapt your driving style. Follow weather forecasts and warnings", the KNMI advises.
Traffic information service VID is expecting a tough evening rush hour in the Netherlands today due to the cold weather and people excited to get home for the Sinterklaas celebration .The VID expects the first traffic jam to hit around 3:30 p.m., about an hour earlier than usual, the Gelderlander reports.
Dutch motorists can expect a busy and difficult rush hour this morning due to thick fog in most of the country. Meteorological institute KNMI warns that visitibility may be down to 200 meters in some places.
A code yellow fog warning is currently in effect for all of the Netherlands except the three norther provinces and the Wadden islands. The fog should dissipate during the course of the morning.
The number of otters living in the Netherlands continues to increase, according to research done by Wageningen University. Last winter the otter population consisted of about 185 animals, compared to 160 the previous winter
Amsterdam is launching an investigation into installing a light rail for use as public transport in the city, the Amsterdam Metropolitan Region announced over the weekend. The aim is to improve the accessibility to the capital
Amsterdam will need a complete overhaul before self-driving cars can be introduced in the city in a big way, according to a study Boston Consulting Group did for the Dutch capital. As it is, the city can't handle the increase in traffic self driving cars will cause