Recent research suggests that Dutch cities will become completely jammed with traffic congestion by 2021. Road pricing and additional infrastructure – two instruments with which the Dutch government hoped to combat the traffic problem – will not be enough to reduce congestion, the researchers state.
Lower fuel prices and an improving economy have actually increased traffic congestion by 38%, the study says. At present, congestion causes €1.9 billion in economic damage a year, a figure set to increase to €3.3 billion by 2021 if no measures are taken.
The study, by Crow, suggests better public transport, more park and ride facilities at the edge of cities, rental bikes and higher rates for urban parking as partial solutions to the problem.
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