October has broken the Belgian record for the most traffic ever in any one month. It saw more tailbacks in the country than any other month in history.
The news was delivered to Le Soir by auto organisation Touring and smart mobility start-up Be-Mobile. Traffic is considered a tailback if cars are not able to reach 50 km/h.
In Brussels, the evening rush hours are now just as bad as the morning. And, according to the paper, tailbacks in the capital are starting earlier and ending later, so avoiding them is getting more and more difficult.
It’s a phenomenon that is “happening in all large European cities,” a spokesperson from research bureau Transitec told Le Soir. The road network at this point is fully saturated during peak hours and so pushes traffic into earlier and later time periods.
Transitec has no solutions outside of convincing people to take public transport or cycle to work. And that should happen sooner rather than later, the spokesperson said: November is gearing up to beat October’s record.
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