Public transport dominates new mobility spending list


Some €4 billion of the €7.5 billion the cabinet has allocated to building the transport infrastructure for new large residential developments will go on trams, buses and trains, a third will be spent on cars and 10% on cycle tracks, the home affairs ministry has confirmed.

The spending package, announced during the September budget, is aimed at making sure new housing developments have proper transport connections and that congestion does not increase.

In total €1.5 billion has been allocated to improving railway stations between Leiden and Dordrecht, where some 77,000 new homes are due to be built in the coming years.

A further €1 billion will go on expanding road capacity at existing traffic black spots and at junctions with new residential areas and €800 million has been allocated specifically to improving access around Eindhoven.

Other projects on the list include €780 million for improving the cycling infrastructure, including commuter networks, extending the Amsterdam metro network to include Schiphol airport and a new train station in Groningen.

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