The traffic on the Dutch roads is decreasing around 6.30 pm on Friday, the ANWB reports. At the peak, there was about 700 kilometers of traffic jams in the country, it was especially very busy in the Rotterdam region, but also from Utrecht to North Brabant and around Arnhem and Nijmegen.
The traffic jams were partly caused by the bad weather, the strike at the Dutch Railways, which means that hardly any trains are running on Friday, and by a number of accidents.
The crowds started early on Friday, around 2.30 pm there were already more than 50 traffic jams on the A and N roads. By 5.30 pm that number had risen to 115 traffic jams with a total length of almost 700 kilometers.
Locally a lot of rain
The KNMI has announced a code yellow for the provinces of Zeeland, South Holland and North Brabant since Friday afternoon from 12:00. In that area, many showers with local rain can fall, which can affect traffic, the service expects. This warning will remain in effect through Saturday.
The showers are moving into the country from the North Sea. In some places, up to 50 millimeters of rain can fall until Saturday morning. This can also lead to flooding in some places. The showers will move to the southeast in the course of Saturday, the meteorologists expect. The KNMI advises road users to be well prepared and to work from home if possible.
The Friday evening rush hour is usually already busy because of the combination of commuting and people going out.
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