Groups call for A4 motorway extension
Measure is expected to improve traffic flow in the province of Zuid-Holland, especially between The Hague and Rotterdam.
Rotterdam – Construction of the A4 extension between Delft and Schiedam is again under consideration by the Ministry of Traffic and Waterways after a petition on the issue garnered close to 10,000 signatures.
The A4, which links Amsterdam to Antwerp, is known for its traffic bottlenecks. The stretch of road near Rotterdam, close to where the extension will be built, is particularly prone to traffic jams.
Extending the A4 through the area, known as Midden-Delfland, is expected to improve overall traffic flow in the province of Zuid-Holland. Currently, most long-distance lorry traffic uses the parallel A13 motorway between The Hague and Rotterdam, causing frequent traffic jams and delays.
The petition was set up by EVO, a logistics association; Transport and Logistics Netherlands; and the Chamber of Commerce. A spokesperson said the organisations wanted to demonstrate that there is public support for an improvement of the A4 motorway.
The proposed extension, sometimes referred to as the “last part of the A4,” has been a matter of public debate in the region for quite some time. The plan is strongly opposed by many environmental organisations and local interest groups.
Traffic minister Camiel Eurlings expects a decision to be issued by September. If the plan is approved, construction of the extension will begin in 2011. The expanded roadway would be available for use in 2015.
Radio Netherlands / Expatica