Planning Light Rail in Dutch Towns



Planning Light Rail in Dutch Towns

Authors

KNEGT P de, RBOI, The Netherlands

Description

Access and mobility in the Netherlands is becoming increasingly difficult as the use of cars steadily rises. Solutions are hard to find. It seems that each solution has technical, financial or political problems. Improving regional public transport especi

Abstract

Access and mobility in the Netherlands is becoming increasingly difficult as the use of cars steadily rises. Solutions are hard to find. It seems that each solution has technical, financial or political problems. Improving regional public transport especially in urbanised areas by realisation of light rail systems as a new solution for the mobility problems, is at the moment a trendy tropic in the Netherlands.

Many studies and plans are drawn up, but only a first pilot project is nearing realisation. In all probability the new government will set aside a considerable amount to realise light rail projects in the next century.

RBOI planning and design consultancy has been involved in studies for the following light rail projects in the Netherlands:

* the Rijn Gouwe line in the Gouda-Leiden region;

* light rail in the Groningen region;

* Randstadrail in Pijnacker between Rotterdam and The Hague.

These studies were carried out in co-operation with VVitteveen+Bos consulting engineers in Deventer. RBOI's contribution to these studies concerned the choice of route and the spatial planning and design aspects in urban areas.

This paper will first go into the definition of light rail as used in the Netherlands. Next the three projects by witch RBOI was involved will be discribed. At last the conclusions to be drawn from these three studies will be expressed, especially on the subject of urban design.

Publisher

Association for European Transport