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Peak Black Saturday reached around noon

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Traffic reached its peak on Black Saturday around noon, since then the crowds on European roads have decreased again. Around noon, the ANWB counted 615 kilometers of traffic jams in France, with which it “has not gotten out of hand yet”, according to a spokeswoman.

Exactly a year ago there was more traffic than on this holiday. “I think the French expected more crowds, but you are still stuck on many roads for a few hours,” said the ANWB. For example, you are still “on the road for three hours longer” from Lyon to Spain.

Holiday traffic can also cause delays in other countries, such as the Gotthard tunnel in Switzerland. There, the crowds cause a 45-minute delay in both directions. “On other days there is sometimes a two-hour traffic jam, that is not an issue now.” It is also busy on the roads in the south of Germany. In its own country, the traffic service sees congestion on the A12 from Germany, but this does not lead to delays.

France has designated five black Saturdays for this summer, compared to two or three other years. Due to the lifted corona measures and people who are reluctant to fly, it is expected that more people will go on holiday by car, the ANWB explains. The blackest Saturdays are July 30 and August 6. Then “a very large part of Europe will go on holiday and people will return, which causes a huge delay,” says the ANWB spokeswoman.



Peak Black Saturday reached around noon
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