2017 was a record year for Flemish files

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The Flemish traffic centre has its annual “Report Verkeersindicatoren highways Vlaanderen2017” published, an overview of the filestatistieken with the necessary explanations. 2017 broke all records, with of course the kennedy tunnel as the darkest point.

Please take a few minutes: in 2017, the absolute record year for traffic congestion in Flanders, the average daily traffic at the kennedy tunnel in the direction of the Netherlands as much as 2 hours longer than in 2015. A hallucinatory figure, which immediately confirms what many commuters already in their bellies feel: avoid congestion in Flanders is becoming increasingly higher. An average morning rush hour counts as 158 km file.

Saturation

All those numbers come from the “Report Verkeersindicatoren highways Flanders” for 2017. That report is since 2010, annually drawn up by the Flemish traffic centre and gives an overview of factors such as traffic volume, traffic composition, saturation degree, hinderongevallen, reisbetrouwbaarheid, travel time, queue length, filezwaarte, fileduur, lost vehicle hours and structural filelocaties. The statisticians of the Flemish traffic centre have about all of that stuff is bent and have come to the following conclusions:

  • In 2017 drove 0.6 percent more traffic on Flemish motorways. It then goes on both cars and trucks. In 2016, it seemed for a moment that the increase in cargo traffic slowed, but 2017 has shown that this was only temporary.
  • Each new year breaks the record of the previous and 2017 is no different. In the vicinity of Antwerp was the growth of the avoid congestion, however, is much more serious (+ 14 to + 18 percent) than in the Brussels region (+ 3 to + 7 percent).
  • The ochtendfiles (an average of 158 kilometers) in 2017 up to 13 kilometres longer, the avondfiles (an average of 124 kilometres) is only 3 km away.
  • The heaviest filedag was Monday 11 december 2017. It snowed and the morning rush hour was less than 603 miles long, or twice as much as the darkest filedagen of 2015 and 2016, when there was much less snow fell.
  • The increase of the avoid congestion is clearly structurally as a result of the high degree of (over)saturation of the Flemish motorway network.
  • The files to the well-known bottlenecks names is enormous, and there were new bottlenecks. The longest traffic jams in Flanders are for the Kennedytunnel towards the Netherlands, where they on an average working day is 10.5 hours long. That is a shocking 2 hours more than just 2 years earlier.
  • Nowhere in Flanders are driving more traffic than on the southern part of the Antwerp Ring road, which is especially champion in terms of cargo traffic. And still, the number of vehicles that daily pass grow (+ 500 to + 1,000 per day in 2017).
  • The new A11 motorway between Bruges and Knokke-Heist is still very quiet: on the main carriageway drove there last year, on average 2.250 trucks and 7.750 other vehicles per day.