Across the city? Soon no longer Weesperstraat

Weesperstraat ranks as the street in Amsterdam but one thing is used: removing through traffic. It comes in February – yet temporary – end: at the Nieuwe Keizersgracht is a snap.

The measure, which was announced in 2019 already, means that traffic going from one to the other side of the city has no realistic alternative route than the A10.

The aim of the two-month experiment in Weesperstraat investigate the effects on traffic, air quality and livability. Before and a license plate examination is carried out during the pilot to bring the traffic flows mapped.

The cut means the Weesperstraat from L. H. Sarlouisbrug at the Nieuwe Keizersgracht will be closed to through traffic. All destinations remain accessible, writes traffic Councilor Sharon Dijksma Tuesday to the council. ‘Emergency and emergency services, and, where relevant public transport buses, do receive passage. ”

Weesperstraat is considered the most Rotterdam-Amsterdam street: cars use the road to the main town in north or south to cross.

To traffic diversion will be put against four additional locations cut: at the Nieuwe Herengracht, the Entrepotdok and Wittenburgergracht. The experiment follows the cut on the Amstel previously entered under the traffic measures Monnaie. The previously established cut in Plantation Middenlaan fits here said Dijksma.

It is according to the alderman important to pace made the experiment: it must take place according to her before the Piet Hein Tunnel on April 1 next year lock is due to major maintenance. If both projects would take place simultaneously, the accessibility of the eastern part of the city would be compromised.

VVD duo-raadslid Stijn Nijssen fears that the cutting leads to a traffic infarct. “With the closing of the Weesperstraat squeezes this course a crucial artery of Amsterdam close.” The college holds Nijssen as a largely traffic experiment without having any idea to what this means for the flow. “As far as the VVD is concerned, it is precisely in times of corona crucial to keep the city also accessible for motorists, so we make sure we do not relieve public transport. Additionally, motorists not second Amsterdammers. ”

Due to the effects of the corona measures traffic is the registration survey this spring postponed necessity, because it gave a representative picture.

Now Wibautstraat is renewed, Weesperstraat seems his natural successor as ugliest streets of Amsterdam. The hope is that the elimination of through traffic will herein any change.

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