BONN/DÜSSELDORF The autumn holidays are starting today. Many people are going away by car, by train or by plane. Here’s an overview of possible delays and traffic restrictions.
The autumn holidays started this weekend. Many people are going away by car, by train or by plane. Here’s an overview of possible delays and traffic restrictions.
Most motorists will be stuck in traffic jams this weekend because 12 federal states in Germany are either starting or ending their autumn holidays.
Traffic situation in North Rhine-Westphalia
The Auto Club Europa (ACE) and ADAC reported that the typical holiday routesas well as the metropolitan areas will be affected by long traffic jams already on Friday. On Saturday motorists must expect the drivers on their return journey from the Southern areas of the country. Sunday will also be a day with a lot of additional traffic.
Here are the main roads that will be most affected:
- A3 / A4 Cologne Ring, particularly the motorways leading up to the coast: the A1, A31, A40, A57 and the A61.
- A2 Dortmund - Hannover
- A3 Oberhausen - Köln - Frankfurt - Nürnberg - Passau
- A43 around Bochum and Recklinghausen
- A44 near Werl
- A45 Hagen - Gießen - Aschaffenburg, particularly near the Lennetal bridge between Hagen-Süd and Lüdenscheid-South where there are road works.
- A61 Mönchengladbach - Koblenz - Ludwigshafen
- Please note: The A1 bridge across the Rhine in Leverkusen is still closed for vehicles over 3.5 tons.
Train traffic: Deutsche Bahn is closing the main train route between Duisburg and Essen, from Friday, October 12 until Monday, October 29, 4am.
Airports: Düsseldorf airport is expecting 89,000 passengers on Sunday, October 14, alone. Usually only 66,400 passengers pass through this airport on a normal day. For the two-week holiday this autumn the airport is expecting a 20 percent increase in passenger figures as well as in take-offs and landings. But according to the airport spokesperson this is due to the insolvency of Air Berlin last October as well as the fact that the autumn holidays are entirely within the summer timetable, which includes more flights coming in and leaving Düsseldorf than in the winter.
Original text: GA Bonn
Translation: Mareike Graepel