There are as many as 10 cars drove on the bollard at the Escamplaan. Despite all the warning signs and traffic controllers, things continue to go wrong there. Why does the electric pole have to be there?

The Escamplaan, between the Dedemsvaartweg and the Leyweg has been closed for a long time away. Until June 694 there was a bus lock at the beginning of the street (on the side of the Dedemsvaartweg). In the meantime, a new district has been built, ‘De Schone Ley’, and the lock has been moved. Now there is a bollard on the side of the Leyweg that only goes down for buses and emergency services.


What exactly is going wrong is a question we can’t answer. Do drivers stick behind a bus and therefore do not see the warning signs? But we would like to know why the bollard has to be there. Why is it not a through road? Wouldn’t that prevent a lot of problems?

We spoke to the spokesperson for Alderman Anne Mulder of Mobility and Outdoor Space. “I’ll have to figure that out,” is his first reaction. After a week we get an answer: “This road is not made for through traffic. This route cannot handle a large traffic flow”. The spokesperson explains that traffic experts have investigated this. So the poller does not go away.

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Why a bollard?

This street used to be closed with a bus lock, why has a bollard been chosen now? “Not all emergency services can cross the bus lock,” the spokesperson explains.


Despite the fact that there are traffic controllers in the morning and the road is full of warning signs, people keep hitting the bollard. At the moment it is still about material damage, but we have to wait until things really go wrong. So what’s the solution?

The spokesperson shares a few ideas with us that we will look into further: The intersection at the Leyweg can be adjusted with lines and signs. The bus lane is then more clearly indicated because it turns green with the letters ‘Lijn bus’ on it. It is also checked whether the road, from the Dedemsvaartweg, can bend so that you no longer drive in a straight line towards the bollards.

And then there is the plan to replace the bollards with cameras. The road is then no longer physically closed, but you will be fined if you continue. However, this option is not cheap. All accidents are also quite expensive for the municipality. “Normally the costs per collision are on average 7. euros consisting of the repair of the bollard, cleaning up oil on the road surface and labor and then there are the costs of hiring the traffic controllers .”

It remains to be seen which plan will be implemented later, hopefully the number of accidents will not increase further.

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