Zuid-Holland in international network for passenger transport by water
UITP stands for Union Internationale des Transports Publics and is the international public transport network with a worldwide network of all interested parties. The Province of Zuid-Holland has recently joined the UITP and this participation in the Waterborne Platform is its first concrete network activity.
In Lausanne, Regional Minister Janssen shared the importance of passenger transport by water in Zuid-Holland and he called on the Waterborne Platform Members to jointly step up the efforts to make the European fleet of water buses more sustainable with the help of European funds. The director of Waterbus, active in Zuid-Holland, was elected president of the UITP Waterborne Platform for the next 2 years.
The province of Zuid-Holland is a densely-populated wetland province. That is why it is essential that water transport, both for passengers and goods, is considered a fully-fledged alternative for transport by road. The province aims to become the best accessible province of The Netherlands, in terms of bringing people together, regarding work and for tourist destinations. It also contributes to economic and social objectives and sustainability.
At this moment, multiple contracts for passenger transport by water exist in Zuid-Holland. These were put out to tender by various authorities, but are carried out by only a limited number of parties. Some of these contracts will expire within 2 years. The province of Zuid-Holland, the Drechtsteden region, the metropolis region Rotterdam-The Hague, the municipality of Rotterdam and the Port of Rotterdam are working together on a vision for passenger transport by water. Cooperation with and coordination between the parties concerned will increase the attractiveness of the region as a living, working, and/or recreational area; it will improve the accessibility of our region and stimulate a strong and reliable public transport.
Balanced and coherent
The passenger transport by water stands alongside other modes of transport in the region. It is an integral part of various networks; of the public transport network, but also of the bicycle and walking network in the region. A network that should be balanced and coherent. The optimization and possible extension of the route network must be of added value. Connections to other types of public transport are important to offer the motorist an optimal alternative for the car. Traveller’s satisfaction is the main concern. The transport must be reliable, available, and affordable. Over the next few years, the province, together with carriers and clients, will continue to search for an even more optimal composition of passenger transport by water, and not only for the Rotterdam - Drechtsteden route.