The high price of traffic jams in the Netherlands

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The high price of traffic jams in the Netherlands


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Too much traffic in the Netherlands is costing the economy billions of euros. According to a report by the knowledge institute for mobility policy KiM, traffic in the Netherlands will increase 1.7% next year, and 1.2% in the years after that.

The KiM calculated the increase in traffic jams between this year and 2022. The institute also calculated the number of “lost hours” in which people are stuck in traffic.

As reported by the NL TIMES, these costs are caused by commuters and freight traffic being stuck in traffic for longer, have to take a detour to avoid jams, or depart earlier for fear of getting stuck in traffic.

According to the KiM, travel time will increase by 28% over the next five years, costing up to 3.7% per year.

Even plans to build up to 1,000km in extra roads until 2031. But according to KiM, that will not be enough to limit the damage. Up until 2022, there will not be enough improvements on highways to solve traffic problems.

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