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The Netherlands investing 70 million euros in intelligent transport

Staff writer |
The Netherlands is to make a substantial investment in new forms of smart mobility. There is an opportunity to take advantage of smartphones to improve road safety and traffic flow.

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Minister Schultz van Haegen (Infrastructure and the Environment) and twelve regions are allocating more than 70 million euros for intelligent transport systems (ITS) until 2018.

This involves new technology and services that give travellers real-time driving and travel advice during their journey.

Another aspect is the use of innovative forms of traffic management, leading to better traffic distribution on the roads after an event or major congestion.

A total of nine projects are being set up in the combined regions in the Netherlands to deploy new services and gain practical experience with the latest technology.

Intelligent Transport Systems focus on travel behaviour before and during journeys. The goal is to serve travellers with personal, real-time and location-dependent advice.

The nine ITS projects on various themes are being set up jointly throughout the country. For example, the Groningen-Assen, Arnhem-Nijmegen and Midden-Nederland regions and the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area are collaborating with Ahold on a tool to improve supermarket logistics by enabling smart heavy goods transport. In this way, 200 lorry trips per day can be structurally avoided in the regions involved.

Another project is being started up to reduce the build-up of traffic due to incidents. It is being rolled out in Brabant and Noord-Holland to begin with. Each year, more than 20,000 lorries and 150,000 passenger cars break down on the main road network.

Improved sharing of information means that both traffic management and road users can make allowance for incidents more effectively. With national coverage, this can result in 2.5% congestion reduction.

Major improvements may also be made in terms of congestion around festivals, congresses and concerts. Each year, festivalgoers account for five million rush-hour car trips in and around cities.

Investing in the development of good information services and event apps allows visitors to get customised travel advice, which will optimise the area’s accessibility for festivalgoers and other road users.

Projects are also being set up on the themes connected and cooperative intelligent transport systems, travel information services, the setting of new standards, and the sharing of diverse streaming data of road managers and private parties.

In the Beter Benutten (Optimising Use) programme, the government, regions and businesses are working together to improve road, waterway and railway accessibility in the busiest regions, and actively encouraging cooperation between the private sector, users and the government.

The regions Brabant, Arnhem/Nijmegen, Twente, Maastricht, Haaglanden, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Stedendriehoek (i.e. the Apeldoorn-Deventer-Zutphen region), Groningen/Assen, Midden-Nederland, Zwolle/Kampen and Leeuwarden are investing in ITS together with the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment.

The vast majority of Dutch adults are using smartphones and, increasingly, cars and infrastructure are getting connected to the Internet. There is an opportunity to take advantage of this connectivity to improve road safety and traffic flow in the next few years, within and between major Dutch cities.

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