Cause

Congestion

The Flemish highways are saturated. Data from “Het Verkeerscentrum” suggests that traffic jams were at their worst in 2017.

This mainly involved the Antwerp and Brussels ring-road, in the evening rush hour, which accounted for almost half of all traffic jams on Flemish highways.

Modal Split

Modal Split is the distribution of transport of goods divided over the different transport modes. When looking at data from the federal planning bureau, it is very clear that the modus ‘road’ is still the preferred option.

In the port of Antwerp, the share of inland shipping has increased and considerable work can still be done for rail.

Source: Port of Antwerp

Prediction Federal Planning Bureau

The situation isn’t getting any better. According to the federal Planning bureau, the transport of goods will grow 44% by 2030 compared to 2012 (in ton kilometre).

The increase in the transport of passengers and goods on roads results in an increase in traffic that, without any new measures, will result in a decrease in the average speed on the Belgian road network. Between 2012 and 2013 the average speed will decrease by 24% during the rush hour period and 10% during off-peak hours. In other words, it will take 25 minutes longer to cross 50 km in the rush hour period in 2030 and 5 minutes longer during off-peak hours, compared to 2012.

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