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A Traffic Jam To Beat All Traffic Jams

By Christophe Sonn

Traffic jams are one of the most frustrating things to be involved in. Anger rises and stress builds as you crawl along at snail pace. After a half an hour you have barely moved a few metres up the road and walkers are passing you out. If you have ever been to a rock concert then you know the frustration well. There is huge temptation to abandon the car completely, but next time you are stuck in an Irish traffic jam, spare a thought for drivers in China who were recently subjected to agony of a 120km tailback. This is the traffic jam to end all traffic jams. You can only imagine the level of anger and despair in the country over this.

The 120km traffic jam has te great honour of being one of the largest traffic jams on record. This is not a world record you would want to be involved in. If you can’t handle your half an hour tailback on the M50 then how are you going to manage a traffic jam that managed to last a staggering 9 full days. Yes you read it correctly, 9 whole days. We are not talking about seconds, minutes, or even hours – 9 whole days of misery. There are only a certain amount of times you can play travel scrabble before getting bored!

A traffic jam was cleared in the week previous to the 120km tailback. A large queue had just been cleared by the authorities in China, when a much bigger and better traffic jam formed shortly after.

This time the jam is a jaw-dropping 120 kilometres long and is running along a motorway from the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia (who knew there was an ‘inner’ version of ‘outer Mongolia’!) towards Beijing and the province of Hebei. Most of those stuck in what must seem like a special kind of hell are drivers of coal trucks – more than 10,000 in total – who are now sitting in the equivalent of an enormous car park.

In Ireland, we don’t quite have traffic jams of that size or magnitude. The M50 quite often resembles a giant car park, especially when the upgrade activity was ongoing. Now that the upgrade is finished, Dublin drivers are experiencing improved driving conditions. We can only hope and pray that the problems experienced in China never happen in Ireland. The last thing I need is a traffic jam from Roscrea to Dublin!

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Sonn, Christophe "A Traffic Jam To Beat All Traffic Jams." A Traffic Jam To Beat All Traffic Jams. 7 Oct. 2010. 15 Jan 2016 <>.

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Sonn, C (2010, October 7). A Traffic Jam To Beat All Traffic Jams. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from

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