Managing Mobility During Road Works

Managing Mobility During Road Works


G B G de Munck, H Pauwels, Ministry of Transport, NL


This paper will discuss the different aspects of managing mobility by offering alternatives for the road user during road works.


A major scheme of works is carried out on the Dutch highways these years. A target of a maximum of 6% added congestion because of the road works was set for 2006. Besides that, the aim is to keep inconvenience for the public at a minimum. To achieve the second goal, a program of mobility management is developed.

Mobility Management is about organising smarter opportunities to travel. Influencing behaviour is the most important part of mobility management. It affects the demand side of mobility, by offering attractive alternative ways to travel. In contrast to traffic management, which affects more the supply side; offering alternative routes during the trip.

The program included the use of cheap or free public transport during the road works. The first two experiences showed a decrease in road traffic during the works and an increase in public transport ridership. In the case of the Amsterdam Zuidoostpas, even more people used public transport than the car to commute from home to work on some days.

The dynamic process with many different projects is now being summarised and abstracted to a general approach for the possibilities of mobility management, looking further than just alternative transport. The road works made it possible to try different options and make mobility management and it?s effects also more known in the organisation.
In more projects public transport was and will be used to reduce the road traffic during the works.

This paper will discuss the different aspects of managing mobility by using alternative transport modes. The paper will focus on the achieved results with the examples of the approach in three projects and a consolidation of the experiences of the last 3 years.


Association for European Transport