Flemish highways were less congested last year than in 2017, according to figures published on Wednesday by the Vlaams Verkeerscentrum, the Flemish centre in charge of road traffic. Average queues were less dense during the morning peak hours in 2018, although evening traffic remained “at the same level” as in 2017, a record year for traffic jams in terms of both length and waiting time, according to the centre. The reduced traffic jams could have been due to the drier weather that prevailed in 2018, it said.
“Last year was a corrective one compared to 2017, which was considered exceptional,” said Vlaams Verkeerscentrum spokesman Peter Bruyninckx. “In 2018 we went back to the level of 2016, when the roads were also very congested.”
Last year the highways worst hit by traffic jams were the Antwerp ring road, between Borgerhout and Antwerp-East in the direction of the Netherlands, with a daily average of 140,632 vehicles, and the section of the Brussels inner ring road between Machelen and Zaventem, through which 105,522 vehicles passed on average each day.