Delta Plan: 3 billion per year needed to prevent the Netherlands going into a traffic crisis

Today a traffic proposal has been released – the ‘Delta Mobility Plan.’ This is to prevent the Netherlands from crashing in the future due to the increase of traffic on the roads. This plan will be presented to the Cabinet today.

Today the ‘Delta Mobility Plan’ will tell us just what is needed to prevent the Netherlands from going into a crisis in the future. According to NOS, around 25 different traffic and transport organisations came together to present this proposal which includes information such as the creation of more cycle paths, so-called ‘hubs’ and also contains road charges.

 

A LOT of extra money is needed (3 billion per year)

They have estimated that an extra 3 billion euros is needed every year until 2040 to make the necessary changes, reports NOS. However, the social benefits would bring in 18 billion euros per year, so it all makes complete financial sense.

However, all these changes mean that it’s going to put motorists out of pocket. We can expect that it’s going to cost even more to buy and run a car (they want to put us off after all). Part of the proposal involves charging motorists from 2024Β  “according to use and pollution”, states NOS. This includes rekeningrijden, but they’ve also said it will involve all motorists and not just people driving at rush hour. It works by scanning your number plate and tracking how far you have travelled – it’s controversial, but it’s right there in the proposal.

New ‘hubs’ in the proposal

Part of the proposal are ‘hubs’. These so-called ‘hubs’ will be found on the outskirts of large cities and should make things much easier when it comes to transferring to a different mode of transport. This will especially involve cars (think of Park and Ride but more ‘swish’), however, it also involves the ability to easily switch in other ways (metro to bus for instance). According to NOS, these ‘hubs’ will be modern and functional – such as terraces, shops and hotels and should be found all over the country and not just the Randstad.

The proposal is 70 pages long, according to NOS, so there’s lots more in there. BIG changes are ahead for the Netherlands.

Any thoughts? Let us know in the comments!

Emma Brown
A familiar face at DutchRevew. Emma arrived in Holland in 2016 for a few weeks, fell in love with the place and never left. Here she rekindled her love of writing and travelling. Now you'll find her eating stroopwafels in the DutchReview office since 2017.

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