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Busier on the road and in public transport in the evening and at night
It is the hours of the possible curfew busier on public transport and on the road than during the first corona wave. This is evident from data from the National Road Traffic Data Portal (NDW) and public transport chip card company Translink on Wednesday.

The caretaker cabinet is reportedly planning to announce a curfew on Wednesday. The goal is that people move less, and therefore have fewer contacts, so that the spread of the corona virus is limited. Insiders report that in the latest plans, the curfew should start between 8:30 PM and 4:30 AM.

On the road last week at those hours, between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m., it was about a third busier than during week 14 of 2020, when the ‘intelligent lockdown’ started in spring. This difference can be seen both during the week and at the weekend. This is evident from measurements by the NDW at two hundred locations spread across the country, mainly motorways. The data concerns whole hours and is therefore just not in line with the times when the curfew should apply.

In public transport, the relative difference with the lockdown in the spring is even greater. On weekdays between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m., an average of 74 percent more people checked into trains, buses, trams, metros and ferries last week. This is evident from a comparison between last week and week 14 based on data from Translink. In the weekend you can even see a more than doubling.


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