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    Heavy traffic on roads next weekend because of school holidays

    ©Belga
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    Mobility organisations Touring and VAB do not foresee extreme traffic levels next weekend (July 3rd-5th). Traffic will be dense in Europe with some traffic jams, according to Touring. In Belgium, a break in the construction sector will start in Brussels-Hal-Vilvorde, in Walloon-Brabant, and in the Liége region. People going away on holiday may be caught up in traffic jams on the E40 towards the coast, and to a lesser degree, on the E411 towards the Ardennes, on the E19 and on the E17 towards Paris, on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, pointed out Touring in a press release. Traffic will be dense on the ring road around Brussels, and around Liege and Antwerp, on Friday. On the E40 Brussels-Ostend, Touring expects serious problems due to roadworks between Erpe-Mere and Zwijnaarde.

    School holidays start this weekend in France, but no serious congestion is expected, points out Touring: Friday and Saturday are considered amber (dense outgoing traffic with a a little congestion, editor’s note), except for the Ile-de-France region on Friday, and Ile-de-France and Rhone-Alps regions on Saturday, where driving will be very troublesome.

    The 2 organisations forecast more congestion in Switzerland on Saturday and Sunday, with potential traffic jams. Queues are expected at the entrance of the Saint-Gothard tunnel on Saturday for people heading off on holiday. In Germany and in Austria, Touring is forecasting dense traffic towards the South, slower at times, on Friday afternoon and evening. Touring expects more traffic problems on Saturday (red day).

    As for Italy and Spain, Touring foresees dense but fluid traffic. The July 11th weekend is expected to be the most complicated for Belgium holiday-goers, as well as Saturday July 18th, according to mobility organisation VAB. The red day for the whole of European traffic is Saturday, August 1st.

    Oscar Schneider (Source: Belga)