More teleworking further relieves pressure on traffic
Since the corona crisis pushed us all to teleworking, traffic congestion in Flanders reduced significantly. The Flemish highways’ car traffic decreased by 26% on working days between 26 and 30 October, the week before the second lockdown. Traffic congestion was 73% down. Truck traffic, on the contrary, increased by 1,3% in that week.
These are the findings of the Flemish Traffic Center (Vlaams Verkeerscentrum, VVC). However, the figures differ slightly depending on the regions. The pressure on the highways in Antwerp and Brussels was far lower (77%), but in Ghent, traffic regression was not so spectacular (31%).
Relapse in traffic
The question is whether this relapse in traffic will continue now that teleworking has become mandatory unless impossible otherwise. Also, other elements play a part, according to Peter Bruyninckx of the VVC.
“On Monday, we saw a five-kilometer traffic jam during the morning rush hours and twenty-kilometer in the evening rush hours due to accidents. The very same picture on Tuesday.”
During the first corona wave, the impact on traffic was gigantic. Car traffic decreased by 66% and truck traffic by 25%. Non-essential trips were forbidden, which explains the relapse. The only traffic jams at that time were those at border controls. Now, people still are allowed to move, so the impact is far less prominent.