Tamar and her neighbor Pieter-Jan live wonderfully on the Scheveningseslag, near the boulevard. “We always have clean air and I can see the beach and the sea from the balcony,” Tamar says. But it is no longer so nice to live, now that there are barriers at the end of the street. “I can’t even get to the parking garage anymore.”
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Last year the municipality started a trial: closing the Scheveningen boulevard with barriern. Only one car can pass through at a time and if the parking spaces are all occupied, the boulevard is completely closed. The barriers are there to prevent long traffic jams on the boulevard and to ensure that street racers stay away.
In line for your own garage
“I understand that something needs to be done to better guide traffic during busy days. But this is not the solution,” says Pieter-Jan. He has been living in the cozy side street for about six years. From the Gevers Deynootweg you drive past them towards the boulevard. “They used to close off the street below, that works better than this.”
Because the barrier allows only one car to pass at a time, there is already a traffic jam in this small street, even on not very busy days. “I have a maintenance company and my bus is in our garage. I regularly have to go up and down, but when there is a traffic jam I can’t get in or out of the garage at all.”
His neighbor Tamar also has that problem. “Especially when we have picked up the children from school and want to go home, this is very annoying. Sometimes you stand in the heat for more than fifteen minutes to get to your own parking garage. My husband often calls so I can get the kids out of the car.”
File Scheveningenseslag. Photo Pieter-Jan