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100km (62mile) long traffic jam in Beijing, China

by on Aug.23, 2010, under China

Anyone who knows a little of China and Beijing in particular may have heard about the famous bicycle traffic jams.

In Shenzhen where QPI is based we often see significant traffic jams. That along with the 20 new metro lines under development here in Shenzhen is  a major reason why the QPI office is right above a metro station.

Despite the massive infrastructure development that is underway across China, all sorts of traffic is consistently growing quicker than infrastructure can be built to cope!

Recent news from Beijing underscores that!

A 100km long traffic jam in China has entered its ninth day and drivers are being warned the bottleneck could continue for a month.

Hundreds of trucks heading for Beijing on the Beijing-Tibet Expressway have been at a standstill because of roadworks in the capital.

Small traffic accidents or broken-down cars are aggravating the congestion which started on August 14.

But those affected have been taking the disruption in their stride.

Around 400 police officers are at the scene 24 hours a day to make sure the situation stays calm.

Traffic jams have been frequent since May due to the rapid increase of trucks to a daily peak of about 17,000.

Niu Fengrui, director of the Institute for Urban and Environmental Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences told the Global Times poor road planning was part of the problem: “If there’s no traffic jam in the city, that would be news.

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