Dutch Infrastructure & Environment Budget 2016
Innovative solutions for a sustainable and accessible country
In 2016, the Ministry of Infrastructure & the Environment (I&M) will spend almost 9 billion euros on innovative solutions to problems involving accessibility, flood risk management and sustainability. Via the infrastructure fund, a total of 5.8 billion euros will be spent on railways, roads and waterways in 2016. On top of the necessary expenditure on management and maintenance, over 2.6 billion of this amount will be made available for new investments. Some 1.2 billion euros from the Delta Fund will be used on measures aimed at protecting our country against flooding and ensuring an adequate supply of freshwater.
The Ministry of Infrastructure & the Environment is focusing on making the Netherlands a liveable and accessible country with a strong international position in the fields of infrastructure, logistics and water management. The basis for this has been laid over the past years with an agreement on the expansion of Schiphol and Lelystad airports, the Environment & Planning Act, the Delta Programme, a National Water Plan and the establishment of the Dutch Climate Coalition. Since the start of the cabinet term, Rijkswaterstaat (the executive branch of I&M) has built 440 kilometres of new road lanes.
Minister Schultz van Haegen: ‘Our country is a world leader in infrastructure and intelligent logistics. Now that our country’s economy is recovering, we expect to have more people and goods on railways, roads and waterways. That is why in 2016 we will invest heavily in our infrastructure. We will take decisive action to remedy significant missing links in our road network, such as the Blankenburg link, and we will start building a new sea lock in IJmuiden. Moreover, by experimenting with self-driving vehicles and intelligent traffic management we will make the Netherlands the world’s testing ground.’
Full article on: government.nl17 September 2015