Traffic jam forecast: Wednesday and Thursday it will be tight on the Cologne Ring

Köln –

The ADAC North Rhine anticipates the heaviest traffic load on the NRW motorways during the Christmas season on December 22nd and 23rd. “Travellers have to be prepared for delays, especially in the afternoons of the two days. Then family visitors, vacationers and commuters will be on the road at the same time,” says ADAC traffic expert Roman Suthold.

There is an increased risk of traffic jams on the Cologne ring road (A 1/A 3/A 4), on the A 40 in the greater Duisburg area, on the A 43 between Wuppertal and Recklinghausen and on the Sauerland line (A 45) due to the closure of the Rahmede viaduct near Lüdenscheid.

More relaxed return journey after the holidays

On Christmas Eve and the first public holiday, however, the club expects hardly any traffic jams. On Boxing Day, many motorists return from visiting relatives and families. Then again in the afternoon increased traffic can be expected.

For a relaxed return journey, ADAC traffic expert Suthold recommends the Tuesday or Wednesday after the public holidays. The ADAC North Rhine does not assume that there will be traffic jams from ski vacationers heading towards the Alpine countries due to the restrictions in the winter sports areas caused by Corona.

More traffic at Christmas than last year

“There will be more traffic around Christmas than last year, because in 2020 mobility was severely restricted in winter due to the partial lockdown. But we expect fewer traffic jams than before the corona pandemic,” says Suthold.

According to the ADAC, a little more travel time should be planned on the long-distance roads to the winter sports resorts (Tauernautobahn, Brenner and Gotthard route). At all German external borders, waiting times are generally to be expected due to increased controls, both when leaving for the neighboring country and when entering Germany.

Last year, traffic on the autobahns in NRW was backed up for a total of just 625 kilometers from December 21 to 31. That was almost 64 percent less than in 2019 (1724 kilometers).

The most important traffic jams during the Christmas holidays:

  • Greater Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Munich areas
  • A 1 Cologne – Dortmund – Bremen – Hamburg
  • A 2 Dortmund – Hanover – Braunschweig – Berlin
  • A 3 Oberhausen – Cologne – Frankfurt – Nuremberg – Passau
  • A 4 Kirchheim triangle – Erfurt – Dresden
  • A 5 Hattenbacher Dreieck – Karlsruhe
  • A 6 Heilbronn – Nürnberg
  • A 7 Hamburg – Hanover and Würzburg – Füssen/Reutte
  • A 8 Karlsruhe – Stuttgart – Munich – Salzburg
  • A 9 Munich – Nuremberg
  • A 10 Berliner Ring
  • A 24 Hamburg – Berlin
  • A 40 Essen – Duisburg
  • A 43 Wuppertal – Recklinghausen
  • A 45 Dortmund – Siegen
  • A 61 Mönchengladbach – Koblenz – Ludwigshafen
  • A 81 Stuttgart – Singing
  • A 93 Inntal triangle – Kufstein
  • A 95 / B 2 Munich – Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  • A 99 Munich bypass