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What made the Calais-Duisburg road so crowded?

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I've been wondering about this topic so much lately that how did The Calais-Duisburg (C-D For short) became so crowded in the first place?

I remember back in 2015 I didn't see a lot of people going to the C-D road but mostly on Rotterdam and Amsterdam and Europort. 

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videos spread of the road becoming complete chaos from a big convoy going through it, and the rest was history

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It was already a well traveled road at the time Europoort was the most popular place. Europoort however often got so crowded that admins occasionally roadblocked it and told everyone to go to the UK via Calais instead. This caused a large increase in traffic on the CD road which resulted in CD road being shown a lot more in "idiots on the road" videos which in turn made the CD road more popular etc. etc.

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The biggest part was streamers and youtube videos of people driving there naturally lured everyone else there for the thrill and maybe entertainment of being on a road like that. 

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videos of youtubede were filmed because the road was beautiful. Admins started to check in this way and people entered this way to meet the admins and it became more crowded. I do not think there is any other explanation

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People like driving together. Part of the reason people play TMP is to experience seeing other players instead of AI cars in singleplayer. Not to mention you can actually interact and talk with real people...which is far more fun than being all alone in a world of perfectly driving AI cars that always give way to you and never say a thing.

 

Just the other day, I escorted someone from Calais to the C-D road because he was new and completely lost. Nothing like that would ever happen if you play alone.

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I am going to reply as to what was the original incident that caused all the traffic to move from EP down to C-D, on the 20th of August 2016, a convoy heading down that road noticed a truck blockage on one part of the road after an earlier crash, the blockage lasted for a very long period of time, then people started arriving en masse a week later on the 27th, that's how the road was turned from being a safe, quiet road into a volatile environment for trolls to enjoy. 

 

People go there to get "idiots on the road" footage and socialise (rather than drive through it to get to other places on the map) which is what is adding to the traffic on C-D as well as the surrounding area, in addition people have started picking up trailers to take to C-D road from places further away (such as Frankfurt and Hamburg, both roughly 250km from C-D road), which has made the motorways leading to C-D road get busier over time as the cities that are on the C-D corridor have gotten so busy. 

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