Faster and better construction of infrastructure

The preparation, decision-making and execution of the construction of a motorway, railway line or waterway takes fourteen years on average. The Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment wants to shorten this to an average of seven years.

The government wishes to structurally shorten and improve the decision-making process on the construction of new roads, railways and waterways. This takes time. Thirty bottlenecks on motorways could not wait. These roads will be tackled in an accelerated manner under the denominator of Spoedaanpak [Urgent Approach].

Urgent approach to roads

After the decision-making around road projects in 2007 ran aground, in 2008 the Urgent Approach to Roads was started. The goal was to resolve persistent bottlenecks in the Dutch motorway network as quickly as possible, for example, through the installation of extra lanes and rush hour lanes. Several routes with widened roads have been opened. The construction of the lanes that are already open was accelerated by one year on average, due to which the motorist encounters fewer traffic jams.

Crisis and Recovery Act

The Crisis and Recovery Act has been in force since 31 March 2010. This act ensures that planned construction projects can be carried out more quickly.

Among other things, it involves the construction of roads and business parks and the construction of housing and wind farms. With the Crisis and Recovery Act, the government wishes to make sure that in these economically difficult times the economic structure of our country is nevertheless reinforced, through implementing projects sooner than planned. The act results in the simplification and acceleration of a number of procedures. The act applies to a number of components until 1 January 2014 and no time horizon has been established for other components.