Touring: ‘Antwerp capital of traffic jams’
In 2018 Antwerp has become Belgium’s ‘capital of traffic jams’, according to mobility organization Touring’s latest mobility index. Following closely: Brussels and Liège. In 2015 Ghent and Brussels were rather champions of traffic jams. Most worrying, though, is that traffic on secondary roads is getting more and more congested year after year.
For its index Touring uses data from some 750.000 vehicles, sent every minute to the Be-Mobile platform, covering some 280.000 km of roads. These data are combined with data from Touring Mobilis to deliver traffic information about driving times for radio and some GPS systems.
No more peak hours
“Peak hours don’t exist anymore”, says Touring’s spokesman Lorenzo Stefani. “People are leaving earlier or later to avoid traffic jams, but at certain locations traffic congestion holds on all day.”
Compared to the same study in 2015 there are two important changes, Touring says. Antwerp is far more affected by traffic jams than in 2015 and these traffic jams extend to the secondary roads too. “In the Brussels’ Region the problem is getting worse during rush hours”, Stefani adds. Second finding is that on secondary roads ‘rush hours’ extend all day.
In Antwerp the most affected zone is the E17 highway towards the Kennedy Tunnel under the river Scheldt, where chances that you end up in a traffic jam in morning peak hours are 83%.
Brussels Ring R0
Other weak points are at the Brussels Ring R0, the junction with the E40 highway in Groot-Bijgaarden (78% chance on traffic jams) on one end and the Leonard Square junction with the E411 on the other side of the city. In Liège the N3 at the Saint-Lambert square is another black point.
More worrying, according to Nathalie Moerman from Be-Mobile, is that traffic jams on secondary roads are increasing from year to year and can last all day long. Even beyond peak hours chances that you get stuck on the Brugmann Avenue in Brussels (Uccle) are 89%.