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Old June 19th, 2015, 07:53 PM   #12481
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A12/50 Knooppunt Grijsoord

Last weekend they added a lane in the Grijsoord motorway interchange near Arnhem (A12/50). The new lane follows A50 north to A12 west. It is part of the A12 widening project between Ede and the Grijsoord interchange.





'Grijsoord' is one of the most obscure motorway interchange names in the Netherlands. Most interchanges are named after a nearby village or town (rarely a large city), but Grijsoord was a vacation park for sick children in the early 20th century.

Construction on A12 started in 1942 under German occupation, but it didn't open to traffic until 1957. The interchange itself was built in the early 1970s. A50 opened in 1972.
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Old June 19th, 2015, 08:52 PM   #12482
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A6/7 Knooppunt Joure

The construction of the new Joure motorway interchange (A6/7) in Friesland province has been awarded to Gebr. van der Lee, a relatively small construction company. It's not an established name in large scale motorway projects. Other bidders can appeal until early July. Full-scale contruction will begin in late 2015. The new interchange will open to traffic in late 2017.

Render of the new interchange.

Impressie nieuwe knooppunt by Fotosite Knooppunt Joure, on Flickr
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Old June 19th, 2015, 09:28 PM   #12483
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car taxes

A formal proposal has been published concerning car taxes.

New car purchase tax (BPM)
A major point is the car purchase tax 'BPM'. It is a CO2 based tax. It is one of the highest taxes in Europe, while very small cars have low purchase tax. This results in the Dutch car fleet consisting of smaller cars, but also an older car fleet because it is a disincentive to buy a new car. The Dutch car fleet is on average 1.5 - 2.5 years older than in Belgium and Germany. At the same time it is bureaucratic to import a car from another EU country.

The plan is to reduce the BPM, eventually to zero. They can't scrap it at once, because company car fleets would have gigantic write-offs.

Company car tax rates (bijtelling)
At the same time they will reduce the number of tax rates for company cars from 4 to 2. PHEV or plug-in hybrid car incentives will be discontinued. All fiscal incentives are now focused on zero-emission company vehicles (mostly electric vehicles), which will have a 4% tax rate (bijtelling in Dutch). All other company vehicles will have a 22% tax rate. Which means a lower tax rate for less fuel-efficient cars (currently 25%).

The company car tax rate implies a fraction of the catalogue price of the car which is added to your gross income, where you pay income tax over. For example, a 25% tax rate on a € 50.000 car means you have to add € 12.500 to your gross income, where you pay an income tax over.

Road tax (MRB)
The road tax, known as the motorrijtuigenbelasting (MRB) or vehicle tax, is an annual / monthly tax on owning a vehicle. Its rates are dependent on the province, weight and fuel type (unlike Germany and Belgium where it is dependent on engine size). They will lower the road tax by an average of 2%. This is rather meaningless, I pay € 25 per month, so this tax relief is going to save me € 0.50 per month.

The road tax will be increased from 2019 for diesel cars without particle filters. At that time it will concern diesel cars older than 12-14 years.

Effects
The whole plan is budget-neutral across the car tax spectrum. The BPM has eroded considerably from a € 3.3 billion revenue in 2008 to just over € 1 billion today. Combined with the low company car tax on plug-in hybrids, it resulted in severe market distortion. In some cases the worldwide production of some models were entirely sold in the Netherlands due to extreme incentives that did not exist elsewhere due to the messed up tax situation. Examples are the VW Golf GTE, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Volvo V60 PHEV. One gram of CO2 more or less resulted in either booming car sales, or almost no car sales at all.
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Old June 19th, 2015, 10:40 PM   #12484
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It's like they don't want anyone to own a car at all with those crazy expensive taxes. Here it's only an annual tax in the range somewhere around 100-200 €.
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Old June 20th, 2015, 12:06 AM   #12485
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It is strange to see, since my understanding is NL was a big consumer (especially compared to other European countries) of large American cars through until the late 1970's with their big engines and all I think more even than Sweden.
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Old June 20th, 2015, 10:51 AM   #12486
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A1 Amersfoort

The A1 is being widened along the north side of Amersfoort, eastbound only. From 2 to 3 lanes. Roadworks started in March, and the third lane is already open to traffic across the entire workzone since early June, so it took only 3 months to add this lane. The western half is completed, the eastern half is a workzone with 3 lanes (wider than before construction).

I like how they already introduce new capacity in the early stages of construction. In many countries such a project would take much longer. This is one of the reasons why the Netherlands has only 4% of congestion caused by road works.

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Old June 20th, 2015, 01:33 PM   #12487
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The construction of the new Joure motorway interchange (A6/7) in Friesland province has been awarded to Gebr. van der Lee, a relatively small construction company. It's not an established name in large scale motorway projects. Other bidders can appeal until early July. Full-scale contruction will begin in late 2015. The new interchange will open to traffic in late 2017.
Do you know how long it took to plan the whole deal? There was an article about a similar project (Spillepengen) in my city, in which the interviewed project leader said that the 8 years the planning took is tight. It seems to go really fast in the Netherlands, or am I wrong?
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Old June 20th, 2015, 01:40 PM   #12488
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It depends what includes 'planning'. If you're talking about legal procedures, the average procedural time for a motorway project went down from 11 to 4 years in the Netherlands with the introduction of new legislation. However, some went on for much longer, but this is also the result of political indecisiveness.

4 years is relatively fast, though it can be done even faster if there is no extended political debate about the solution and funding is available.

The draft EIS usually takes the most time to compile. It includes all environmental studies, design and configuration. The final EIS is usually just an update based on public input. These are often just minor changes, often to secondary roads included in the motorway project.

The public commenting period is six weeks. After that, the Council of State must issue a verdict within six months (though they often take somewhat longer due to the high work load). You can only appeal once in the Netherlands, against the final EIS, and also only if you gave input to the draft EIS.
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Old June 20th, 2015, 01:50 PM   #12489
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Pretty much what I was wondering - from idea to start of construction. Thanks for a good answer!
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Old June 28th, 2015, 01:06 PM   #12490
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Asfaltmeter

The official 'asphalt gauge' of the government. It keeps track of how much new lanes have been completed during this government. The plan is to construct 717 kilometers of new lanes by 2017.

http://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwer...n-nieuwe-wegen
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Old June 28th, 2015, 05:28 PM   #12491
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It depends what includes 'planning'. If you're talking about legal procedures, the average procedural time for a motorway project went down from 11 to 4 years in the Netherlands with the introduction of new legislation. However, some went on for much longer, but this is also the result of political indecisiveness.

4 years is relatively fast, though it can be done even faster if there is no extended political debate about the solution and funding is available.

The draft EIS usually takes the most time to compile. It includes all environmental studies, design and configuration. The final EIS is usually just an update based on public input. These are often just minor changes, often to secondary roads included in the motorway project.

The public commenting period is six weeks. After that, the Council of State must issue a verdict within six months (though they often take somewhat longer due to the high work load). You can only appeal once in the Netherlands, against the final EIS, and also only if you gave input to the draft EIS.
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A9, Amsterdam

Large scale contruction begins on A9 on August 10. They will expand the motorway from 2x2 lanes with shoulder running to 11 lanes, featuring local lanes, express lanes and a reversible lane. Part of it will be constructed in a 3 kilometer long tunnel, the Gaasperdam Tunnel (3027 m).

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A24 Blankenburg Tunnel, Rotterdam

Renders of the new A24 Blankenburg Tunnel in Rotterdam. It will link A15 & A20 on the west side of the city.



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A4 Delft - Schiedam

Recent photos of A4 under construction between Delft and Schiedam.





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Old June 29th, 2015, 05:53 PM   #12497
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Great updates on on-going and upcoming large infrastructure projects in The Netherlands. Thanks for posting!
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N35 Zwolle - Wijthmen

The final EIS has been signed for the construction of a new 2x2, 100 km/h expressway southeast of Zwolle. It runs from the Oldeneelallee traffic lights to the Koelmansstraat east of Wijthmen. It will be published tomorrow.

It's a 4 kilometer new segment of expressway on a new alignment south of Wijthmen. This eliminates a daily bottleneck. The current traffic volumes on two-lane N35 are 25,000 vehicles per day.

The new N35 will open in 2017.

The plan is to eventually construct the entire N35 between Zwolle and Almelo as a 2x2, 100 km/h expressway. However, there are no concrete plans for other segments between Zwolle and Nijverdal.
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What does EIS means in this regard?
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