Plan for better accessibility in Randstad
29 October 2007, THE HAGUE – The construction of motorways in the Netherlands is rarely completed within the planned timeframe. The accessibility particularly of the Randstad continues to deteriorate.
29 October 2007
THE HAGUE – The construction of motorways in the Netherlands is rarely completed within the planned timeframe. The accessibility particularly of the Randstad continues to deteriorate.
The economic engine of the Netherlands is therefore in danger of losing against competition from other urban areas in western Europe.
Transport Minister Camiel Eurlings wants to put an end to this situation with the Urgent Programme for the Randstad. On Monday dozens of local leaders and six government members signed the plan in The Hague.
The programme contains dozens of projects for constructing roads in and around the Randstad. Virtually all the projects have been in preparation for some time, like the A4 through Midden Delfland, the opening up of Almere and the expansion of Rotterdam port.
Each project will be assigned two local leaders to ensure that the task runs smoothly and on schedule. The administrative pairs will be accountable to Eurlings on the progress of the project.
The minister says that no new legislation is necessary. The new law on spatial planning gives the government and province "powers to reprimand" municipalities who fail to cooperate.
GroenLinks slated the programme last summer as unimaginative and old fashioned. Friends of the Earth Netherlands, which has fought successfully to prevent the construction of motorways over the past years, is also opposed to the plan.
Business organisation VNO-NCW is however enthusiastic that the government finally seems to be moving ahead on the construction of roads.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news