Revival of the Airship?



Revival of the Airship?

Authors

STORM M and PEETERS P M, Ministry of Transport, The Netherlands

Description

Like a lot of countries the Netherlands wants to reduce the mobility, the car- and aeroplane-ldlometres in particular. Congestion on motorway netwerks constitutes a major economic and environmental problem in densely populated areas. In trying to cope wit

Abstract

Like a lot of countries the Netherlands wants to reduce the mobility, the car- and aeroplane-ldlometres in particular. Congestion on motorway netwerks constitutes a major economic and environmental problem in densely populated areas. In trying to cope with these problems, the public transport system is being improved and infrastructure for the High Speed Train (the French TGV) is under construction. Moreover rail-infrastructure is being established to enable cargo transport from the Rotterdam harbour to the German Ruhrarea. Underlying goal is to reduce both car- and aeroplane-kilometres.

The Transport Research Centre anticipates on future problems of environmental damage and congestion, and considered researching the possibilities of an airship to the reduce mobility problems. According to information available in December 1995, the airship could be an alternative at low cost and low emission rates. Accidents, such as the accident with the Hindenburg in 1937, were not likely to happen again, because the balloon of the airship will be filled now with inflammable Helium. The project 'Revival of the airship?' was born.

Three consultants were asked to survey the possibilities of the airship in the Dutch national market for passengers- and freight-transport. Peeters Advies, the Technical University of Delft and NEA Transport have performed the research. The revival of the airship has been an exploratory survey, serving as a basis for further discussion on the feasibility of airships in the Netherlands.

Publisher

Association for European Transport