168 kilometres of jams on weekdays

In 2013 there was an average of 168 kilometres of traffic jams on Flemish roads each and every working day. This up from an average of 143 kilometres of jams/working day recorded during 2012 and the 122km of jams/working day recorded during 2011. The busiest section of motorway in our region is the section of motorway that by-passes Antwerp between Berchem and Borgerhout.

According to a report by the Flemish Transport Department, nowhere else in the developed world do motorists lose so much time in jams as here in Flanders. Many of the jams occur on the motorways to, from and around Brussels.

For example the stretch of the Brussels orbital motorway between the junction for the UZ Brussel hospital and Zellik is especially busy.
As there is less capacity (and more traffic), the problem of jams is worse in and around Brussels than it is in Antwerp.

However, the stretch of the motorway that by-passes Antwerp between Berchem and Borgerhout is the most heavily used stretch of motorway in our region with 137,347 vehicles using it every day.
Although there are more jams, more often, the number of cars in Flanders is not increasing.

A probably reason for the increase in the number of traffic jams is an increase in the number of incidents such as trucks shedding their loads. The work carried out on a number of busy stretches of motorway in 2013 are also likely to have served to increase the length of jams on our roads, as is the heavy snowfall at the start of the year.