The number of traffic jams on Dutch roads rose again by 17 percent in 2019, concludes the ANWB based on traffic jams. Last year the number of traffic jams increased by 20 percent.
During the morning rush hour there were 16 percent more traffic jams this year than last year, in the evening rush hour 14 percent. Not only during peak hours it became busier: people also stopped on the road more often during the day. The number of traffic jams during the day has increased by 40 percent compared to last year.
The road network has expanded considerably this year, but due to the increasing number of vehicles on the road, this has not led to fewer traffic jams. There is also a lot of extra annoyance due to head-to-tail collisions.
The busiest day was Tuesday, January 22. Snowfall and slippery caused major traffic problems in the eastern half of the country. There was a record length of traffic jams of no less than 2,287 kilometers.
Rain also caused extra busy roads in October and November. In addition, work on the Galecopper Bridge near Utrecht, part of the A12, led to long traffic jams in October.
The ANWB measures the number of traffic jams on all A and N roads throughout the year.