Over 32.000 hours of visitors jams have been recorded in Switzerland in 2021

In 2021, the Federal Roads Office (FEDRO) recorded 32.481 hours’ price of visitors jams on Swiss roads and motorways. Drivers in Switzerland spent a collective 3,7 years sitting in visitors final 12 months, with the vast majority of jams being blamed on an absence of capability.

A1 discovered to be probably the most congested motorway in Switzerland

After a big hunch recorded in 2020, primarily on account of COVID lockdowns, FEDRO stated that visitors ranges in 2021 have been a few of the worst it has ever recorded. In all, 32.481 hours’ price of jams have been detected throughout the entire 12 months.

This signifies that, on common, there have been 40 separate visitors jams each day lasting longer than two hours. In some areas, reminiscent of passes by the Swiss mountains, visitors jams stretched for as much as 15 kilometres, particularly in the course of the school holidays.

FEDRO discovered that probably the most congested roads in Switzerland are the A1 – notably round Zurich and Solothurn – the A8 close to Interlaken, and the A2 between Altdorf and Bellinzona. Highways round Swiss cities, reminiscent of Geneva, Lausanne, Basel and Winterthur, have been additionally discovered to have robust and steady visitors jams.

89 p.c of visitors jams in Switzerland brought on by lack of capability

In their report, FEDRO discovered that 89 p.c of visitors jams have been brought on when the highway was merely not massive sufficient to accommodate the variety of autos utilizing the route. In comparability, solely 9 p.c of jams have been brought on by road accidents, and only one p.c have been brought on on account of development websites. 

“The community is so busy at peak instances that even small disturbances are sufficient to trigger extended visitors jams,” FEDRO concluded. The report has sparked a renewed debate within the government between those who wish to broaden the highway community, reminiscent of advocates of plan 2050, and those that imagine that including capability for vehicles will solely encourage extra individuals to drive, making visitors worse.

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