Motorists in Thuringia were less stuck in traffic last year. As the ADAC Hessen-Thüringen announced on Thursday, there were 1,843 hours of traffic jams on the freeways in the Free State last year. In 2021 it was still 2507 hours. In a nationwide comparison, only Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania had fewer hours of traffic jams last year.
"The low level of traffic jams is primarily due to the generous capacities of the Thuringian autobahns, which also absorb high traffic volumes for work and holiday travel," said ADAC traffic expert Wolfgang Herda. An increase in traffic is expected this year, which should also be reflected in the traffic jam figures.
Despite existing home office options, an increased return to work was observed in 2022, which is also reflected in the morning traffic jams. "We expect a similar development for 2023," said Herda. However, the planned introduction of the 49-euro ticket in May could help to reduce peak traffic jams. An important factor for this is an improvement in the timing of bus and train.