Monday 19 April 2021

Transport minister under fire over motorway growth forecasts

Transport and infrastructure minister Melanie Schultz has based her decision to widen many of the country’s motorways on unrealistic traffic growth forecasts, according to research group CE Delft.

The company was asked to assess the minister’s calculations by several environmental groups. In the report, CE Delft claims the need for and benefits of new roads have been over-estimated and based on mistaken priorities.

CE Delft looked at six motorway projects with a budget of some €5bn. It concluded the minister’s projects were based on forecasts which have since been overtaken and used the maximum growth predictions.

It compared actual traffic growth with scenarios developed for new roads. It concludes that far fewer cars will actually use roads than forecast, pointing out that traffic volumes have decreased since the start of the crisis.

The minister’s motorway plans are due to be discussed in parliament on Monday.

Thank you for donating to

The team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation in recent weeks. Your financial support has helped us to expand our coverage of the coronavirus crisis into the evenings and weekends and make sure you are kept up to date with the latest developments. has been free for 14 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.

If you have not yet made a donation, but would like to, you can do so via Ideal, credit card or Paypal.