Minister wants to speed up road planning

Transport minister Camiel Eurlings wants to bring in fast-track legislation to to allow motorways to be widened if necessary, the Volkskrant reports on Tuesday.

Eurlings was reacting to the findings of a government commission which published a report on Monday outlining how to speed up the infrastructure planning process.
The commission, led by former DSM CEO Peter Elverding, said the decision-making process could be cut from an average of 11 years to five, if the government followed all of its recommendations. These varied from using simpler mathematical models to the introduction of emergency legislation.
The commission also called for less research and the involvement of fewer interest groups in the planning process.
Employers’ organisations and the motoring organisation ANWB welcome the report.
But environmental group Natuur en Milieu is critical, saying it is not legal procedures which slow down the planning process but government’s approach to the issues.

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