Better cooperation on changing modes of transport

Zuid-Holland and 4 other Dutch provinces want to continue collaborating with the German federal state North Rhine-Westphalia on the changing modes of transport. This would regard the transport between the Rotterdam port and North Rhine-Westphalia, by road, rail or water.

On Monday, Regional Minister Floor Vermeulen and his traffic collegues from Gelderland, Limburg and Noord-Brabant discussed their proposals with the German Minister in North Rhine-Westphalia, Hendrik Wüst. The Regional Minister from Overijssel, Bert Boerman, was unable to attend.

They also discussed ways in which the various modes of transport between the Rotterdam port and the Rhine-Ruhr area, by road and by water, could become cleaner. Another item on the agenda was the low water table of the Rhine, which is threatening the supply by boat of, among other things, sand and gravel for the construction industry. The parties want to collaborate on solutions.

“The collaboration surpasses the Zuid-Holland border. By working together, we reinforce the offer for transporters that shuttle between both countries. We improve our economic position in both countries as well by, among other things, making the transport cleaner as a result of new technologies”, said Regional Minister Floor Vermeulen after his visit.

The board members were invited to visit the traffic simulator for automated driving at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technical College in Aachen and a showroom for electric vehicles. Among other things, they discussed cross-border train connections and how the freight transport could be better attuned with new technologies.

“Only by working on mobility in a borderless manner can we improve the offer of shuttle companies in the region and the freight transport. That is why I am so happy that this cross-border collaboration works so well”, said Minister Hendrik Wüst German federal state North Rhine-Westphalia.

Last year, Zuid-Holland, Gelderland, Limburg, Noord-Brabant and Overijssel signed the working agenda Mobility with North Rhine-Westphalia. With their collaboration, the parties successfuly obtained subsidy for truck stops.