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Old October 25th, 2017, 10:41 PM   #15001
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Old October 25th, 2017, 10:58 PM   #15002
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statistics

The 2nd traffic report of 2017 was released today. It contains some statistics.

1. Traveled kilometers on the motorway network. 2017 continues to see significant traffic growth.


2. However traffic congestion has remained stable.


3. Traffic congestion in more detail
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Old October 26th, 2017, 02:41 PM   #15003
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Ministry of Infrastructure & waterworks

The transfer of power at the Ministry of Infrastructure & Waterworks.

left to right (table): Melanie Schultz (minister, VVD, outgoing), Cora van Nieuwenhuizen (minister, VVD, incoming), Sharon Dijksma (state secretary, PvdA, outgoing), Stientje van Veldhoven (state secretary, D66, incoming).


The portfolio:

Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, minister;
* road infrastructure
* waterworks
* maritime
* aviation

Stientje van Veldhoven, state secretary;
* environment (except climate)
* soil
* public transport
* cycling
* KNMI (meteorology)
* nuclear safety

The biggest changes are the introduction of a minister for climate. Climate was moved to the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Also, spatial planning law has been moved to the Ministry of the Interior. The aviation portfolio has been moved from the state secretary to the minister.
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Old October 26th, 2017, 03:09 PM   #15004
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Spatial planning has gone to the Interior??? That most hopeless of ministries, I sense trouble. There's an old joke in The Hague that says if you want something to be smothered by bureaucracy so that it simply vanishes, send it to the Interior.
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Old October 26th, 2017, 03:15 PM   #15005
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It seems that the legal part of spatial planning went to the interior, such as the crisis- en herstelwet (crisis recovery act) and the new omgevingswet (spatial law) which combines almost all spatial laws into a single one. It will become live in 2021 or so, if things continue as planned.
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Old October 26th, 2017, 03:22 PM   #15006
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The Netherlands badly need a new national plan for urban expansion, like the VINEX initiative of the late 1990s... Brownfield opportunities are mostly scooped up and housing prices are rising again, the incremental approach will not create enough housing. So they should create some new cities from scratch, near good highway and railway connection.

Dronten and Neerijnen look two such good areas to build entire new settlements from scratch. There are many more.

Office space still on a glut though.
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Old October 26th, 2017, 04:28 PM   #15007
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Traffic chaos in Dutch cities partly due to huge rise in taxis

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The enormous growth in the number of taxis in the Netherlands is causing traffic chaos in the large cities, taxi drivers’ lobby group KNV told the Telegraaf on Wednesday.

‘Measures to eliminate the congestion are badly needed,’ KNV secretary Hubert Andela said. His comments follow the publication of a new report by national statistics office CBS which said the number of taxi firms in the Netherlands have almost doubled since 2015.

The CBS said four out of five of the new taxi firms were one-man operations who drove for new online providers like Uber and Abel.On October 1 there were 9,000 taxi companies in the Netherlands, a 50% increase in taxi numbers over the past two years. Regulations have been simplified and drivers no longer need a permit so that it is easier to be a self-employed taxi driver.
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Old October 26th, 2017, 07:43 PM   #15008
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The Netherlands badly need a new national plan for urban expansion, like the VINEX initiative of the late 1990s... Brownfield opportunities are mostly scooped up and housing prices are rising again, the incremental approach will not create enough housing. So they should create some new cities from scratch, near good highway and railway connection.

Dronten and Neerijnen look two such good areas to build entire new settlements from scratch. There are many more.

Office space still on a glut though.
Housing affordability is a growing problem (again) and won't be solved by constructing premium priced infill developments.

The Netherlands needs more decentralized jobs. During the economic crisis, many regional offices of larger organizations closed or were slimmed down. This increased commuting distances, traveled kilometers on the motorway system is growing substantially faster than population, car ownership or the economy.

There is still an office space glut due to the more concentrated usage of existing office space. Many larger employers are using 'het nieuwe werken', increasing the number of fte's per m². I work in a centrally located office district and parking problems have increased significantly even with the train station next door and still a considerable amount of vacant office space. There are more workers per square meter in such office districts. Things will get out of hand once the office space vacancy decreases.
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Old October 27th, 2017, 11:21 AM   #15009
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More flexibility would be good too. I don't have any children and I would happily work on Saturday and Sunday while having (for example) Tuesday and Wednesday off instead. I would also love to start at 11 and finish at 19. But many employers remain stuck in their old patterns and the government offers basically zero incentives for them to change their ways.
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Old October 28th, 2017, 11:36 PM   #15010
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Most workers have partners or children, so working until late in the evening is not really a desired option for most. Also, telecommuting doesn't work for most jobs, even with office jobs many employers are reluctant for their employees to work from home for more than 1-2 days per week. Human interaction remains important.

Many people try to avoid the peak hour, but traffic is heavy from 6:30 - 9:30 and again from 15:00 - 19:00, there's only so much you can do to change the time of travel. At my office district there is almost no parking available after 7:30. Which is a pain for companies and government agencies who have customer service starting at 9:00 with no parking available. There is a mad dash in the morning to get to work as early as possible so you can park nearby and avoid traffic congestion.
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Old October 28th, 2017, 11:38 PM   #15011
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A9 Gaasperdam Tunnel

The Gaasperdam Tunnel of A9 in Amsterdam is really taking shape now.

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Old October 29th, 2017, 12:39 AM   #15012
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Old October 29th, 2017, 12:43 AM   #15013
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Most workers have partners or children, so working until late in the evening is not really a desired option for most. Also, telecommuting doesn't work for most jobs, even with office jobs many employers are reluctant for their employees to work from home for more than 1-2 days per week. Human interaction remains important.

Many people try to avoid the peak hour, but traffic is heavy from 6:30 - 9:30 and again from 15:00 - 19:00, there's only so much you can do to change the time of travel. At my office district there is almost no parking available after 7:30. Which is a pain for companies and government agencies who have customer service starting at 9:00 with no parking available. There is a mad dash in the morning to get to work as early as possible so you can park nearby and avoid traffic congestion.
I can understand it's not suitable for everyone but if you give me (and people like me) the opportunity, we'll take it. And then we can get out of your way.
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Old October 30th, 2017, 05:36 PM   #15014
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A12, Utrecht

A photo of A12 at Utrecht, with the Rijkswaterstaat headquarters symbolically located at the Galecopper Bridge which carries one of the busiest motorways in the Netherlands over the busiest shipping canal.

There are plans to expand the collector lanes of A12 to 3 lanes each way in the near future. Procedures are ongoing as part of the A27 14 lane expansion project. This section of A12 carries 220,000 vehicles per day.

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air quality

The annual air quality report (NSL 2017) has been published today. It concerns the year 2016.

In 2016, there was 7.2 km of roads which exceeded NO2 limits, chiefly in dense urban environments (including less than 1 kilometer of motorways). In 2009, there was 1100 km of road where the NO2 limits were exceeded.

The remaining PM10 problems are around livestock farms. For the first time, the annual limit for PM10 was not exceeded anywhere, but the daily limit was still exceeded at 35 locations, due to 29 livestock farms.

The average PM10 concentration has been reduced by 25% since 2010.

They forecast that NO2 concentrations will continue to go down in 2020. That trend is less certain for PM10.
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File!

Lots of 'file' (congestion) on the Dutch motorway network this afternoon.

Most of the worst congestion days are in the week after Daylight Saving Time ends. The evening rush then suddenly becomes dark. Add the autumn rain, and this is the result...

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Lots of 'file' (congestion) on the Dutch motorway network this afternoon.

Most of the worst congestion days are in the week after Daylight Saving Time ends. The evening rush then suddenly becomes dark. Add the autumn rain, and this is the result...

Don't forget the extra German traffic in the eastern part of the Netherlands because they have a day of. On the n342, a provincial road in the province of Overijssel, a traffic jam is occurring between Denekamp and the border near Nordhorn. On its peak moment a delay of 40 minutes was gives for a distances of 8 kilometres. And no further incident occur on the route.
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An hour later, nearly all congestion has vanished....

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A24 Maasdelta Tunnel

The planned Blankenburg Tunnel has been renamed to Maasdelta Tunnel. (Meuse River Delta Tunnel).

The Maasdelta Tunnel is part of the new A24 motorway, currently in tender phase.

The reasoning for renaming the tunnel: Blankenburg Tunnel is 'too vague'. Blankenburg is a former village near the site of the new tunnel, that was lost during the Europort expansion during the 1960s. Although called 'too vague', the new name is vague as well (could be anywhere in the region) and the name Blankenburg Tunnel was well-known in the region even before it was built.

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Oh, and it gets better:

They propose the name 'Holland Tunnel' for the Aalkeet Tunnel (could it BE more vague?) and the name.... Flardingaplein for the A20/A24 interchange. Flardinga being some old name for Vlaardingen.

Luckily the municipalities are not involved with the signage plans and names for interchanges, so it is unlikely that 'knooppunt Flardingaplein' becomes a reality.

https://www.vlaardingen.nl/Bestuur_O...1_oktober_2017
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