24 days of block handling in Tyrol in first half of 2023

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The controversial block handling traffic management strategy deployed in Tyrol will be used even more in the first 6 months of next year compared with 2022.

24 days of block handling in Tyrol in first half of 2023
Photo: Piergiuliano Chesi, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

In the first half of next year, there will be 24 days of truck block handling at Kufstein-Nord. This compares to the 21 that occurred in the same period earlier this year. On top of this, the authorities have reserved the right to add extra days of block handling in the event of extreme weather, accidents or roadworks.

This year’s block handling calendar has a total of 38 days, 13 of which are still to come. On each day the system is in place, a maximum of 300 trucks are allowed to cross the border at Kufstein-Nord on the A12.

The state government argues that the system avoids gridlocks on those days when especially high traffic is expected.

The latest figures show that HGV traffic in the first 7 months of 2022 is 1% up the same period of 2019, which equates to  15,000 trucks. The growth in car traffic is a lot more substantial; it is up by 7% compared to 2019.


Photo: Piergiuliano Chesi, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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