Why are there always long queues of lorries when there are roadworks?
Queues form because the infrastructure isn’t able to cope with such a high volume of traffic, especially heavy vehicles, from central and eastern Europe. And this traffic is set to increase exponentially every year. The worst days are Tuesdays and Thursdays. Queues start forming in the morning as lorry drivers set out almost simultaneously after their mandatory rest period. And when there are mid-week holidays and long weekends, the situation just gets worse because the restrictions on articulated lorries are different throughout Europe – every country stops traffic on different days. Tailbacks and traffic jams inevitably occur, especially at the Austrian and Slovenian borders.