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Emergency solution in Tyrol/A: traffic jam escapees have to return to the motorway. (c) Renardo la vulpo_wikimedia

And every day the Brenner says hello. The very clever – and those with smart navigation devices – simply avoid the annual holiday jam towards Bella Italia. They leave the Brenner motorway and turn onto the main road through the villages of the beautiful Wipptal Valley in Austria. But they have reckoned without the Tyroleans: recently the police have welcomed the traffic jam escapees right after the exit – and sent them back onto the motorway. Traffic jams, stress and tolls: the Tyrolean traffic police don’t like their German and Italian neighbours at all. Their neighbours in Salzburg in Austria, on the other hand, like the idea and also want to block “certain” roads during the holiday season. That would be THE chance for the railways! We already have a slogan ready: “Faster traffic through the Alps – jam-free on the highest railway of all!”.

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