The Royal Dutch Tourist Club (ANWB) has issued a warning to all those planning to hit the road tonight on the eve of the Easter weekend, announcing that heavy traffic is expected on a number of Dutch roads.
The rush hour in the Netherlands will be especially busy on Thursday
As school holidays go all over Europe and to various international schools in the Netherlands, this time of year is definitely popular with families and holidaymakers. The Easter weekend is just around the corner, and although Good Friday is not a Dutch holiday, the ANWB still expects a significant increase in the number of motorists on the road at rush hour on Thursday evening.
“Traffic information ANWB is expecting a busy evening rush hour on April 14 … due to a combination of normal commuter traffic and high levels of recreational traffic,” the travelers’ association wrote on its website. The biggest delays are expected on Thursday afternoon on the A1 motorway between Amsterdam and Apeldoorn and on the A2 between Utrecht and Eindhoven. In addition, heavy traffic is expected on the A12 between Utrecht and the German border and on the A50 between Apeldoorn and Eindhoven.
Delays are expected on Dutch roads over the Easter weekend
Apart from vacationers, one-day trips are extremely popular on Easter weekends, especially if the weather is good. Roads near places such as Keukenhof, Zandvoort and the Paaspop music festival will be busy all weekend, as will the roads leading to various theme parks, zoos and beaches.
Roads in the Netherlands are also expected to be busy on Easter Monday as holidaymakers return home after a long weekend. The ANWB emphasizes that delays should be expected from the south in the center and in the south.
As for congestion across Europe, ANWB has warned that the biggest delays will occur in Belgium and France on Friday and Saturday. German roads will also be busy, especially between the cities of Munich, Nuremberg and Salzburg on Good Friday. The busiest traffic in Switzerland will be on Thursday, in the St. Gotthard tunnel expected up to two hours.