The roads to the favorite holiday destinations of the Dutch were busy early this Saturday. Throughout the morning there were long traffic jams on the route to the Atlantic coast, near Lyon, in front of the Mont Blanc tunnel and towards Spain. According to the ANWB, the peak was reached around noon.
ANWB spokesperson Heleen de Geest says that it is especially busy on the French roads, because there is now also recurring holiday traffic. “Last week there was 862 kilometers of traffic jams in France at the peak, now there were 1077 kilometers at the peak around noon. What was striking was the route through the center of France, on the A75 at Clermont-Ferrand. It was very busy there and the delay on the route south was four hours, on the A10 just before and after Bordeaux there was a four hour delay.”
But it is not only in France that it is busy: the Dutch are also stuck in traffic jams in Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Croatia. In both Italy and Croatia the delay is three hours. In Germany it is busy towards the south; on the A8 towards Stuttgart the delay is approximately one hour.
This Saturday is one of the black Saturdays, on which holiday traffic departs en masse to or returns from their holiday destination. According to the ANWB, August 13 will be the last black Saturday.