The congestion costs due to snowfall on January 17 and 18 totaled more than 106 million euros. The employers’ organization VBO reports this on the basis of the ‘Belgian Mobility Dashboard’ (BMD), a platform with mobility indicators from the VBO and mobility federation Febiac.
Belgium came to a virtual standstill due to the snowfall on Wednesday January 17 and Thursday January 18, according to the FEB. At 5 p.m. on Wednesday, at the height of the snowfall, there were 8,280 km of traffic jams on Belgian roads. For comparison, on the same day last year the maximum congestion at the same time was 3,374 km.
Not only the kilometers, but also the costs of those traffic jams increase enormously. Based on BMD data, FEB and Febiac were able to measure that the congestion costs on Wednesday and Thursday amounted to EUR 75,886,280 and EUR 30,768,926 respectively. On an average day (excluding public holidays), these costs average around 20 million euros.
At the same time, they read on the BMD that there were half as many cyclists in Brussels on those snow days. “That makes sense, since the cycle paths were not cleared. For obvious safety reasons, cyclists preferred other means of transport,” it said.
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