Planning and Decision Making of International Railway Lines: Co-operation and Conflict Between The Netherlands and Its Neighbours



Planning and Decision Making of International Railway Lines: Co-operation and Conflict Between The Netherlands and Its Neighbours

Authors

DE BOER E, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Description

The European Union is creating better networks for passenger and freight transport. The individual links are planned by the respective national governments on the basis of bilateral agreements. This creates problems in national decision making on function

Abstract

The European Union is creating better networks for passenger and freight transport. The individual links are planned by the respective national governments on the basis of bilateral agreements. This creates problems in national decision making on function and (especially) alignment of the lines. The opportunities for participation of regional and local government are impaired. Often there are in fact different and meagrely co- ordinated projects on both sides of the border. Planning procedures are different, which implies that environmental studies and measures are different too. Often links are regarded to be of national importance, which means that local interests are complaining about having to suffer for foreign interests. In negotiations between the national governments the common interest is not easily defined nor always kept in mind.

These problems will be analysed using evidence from seven projects on the Belgian and German borders of The Netherlands, treating three of these in some detail. A number of solutions are suggested.

The author has been involved in several of these projects, either by commenting on or by contributing to them.

Publisher

Association for European Transport