Last year the damage was 7 percent higher than the year before. The loss of travel time by lorries alone cost over 468 million euros. There were also costs for detours and unreliable travel times, a total of around 750 million euros. Together with the indirect costs, the damage amounted to between 1.2 and more than 1.5 billion euros, according to calculations by research agency Panteia.
Entrepreneurial organizations Transport en Logistiek Nederland (TLN) and Evofenedex therefore ask the cabinet to continue implementing the investment program in large traffic projects. Certainly when the economy soon picks up, freight traffic will again get stuck in traffic jams, is the expectation.
The organizations also want the cabinet to start investigations into some bottlenecks that are not yet on the agenda, but which already caused major damage last year. Think of the A12 Gouwe – Oudenrijn and the A2 Holendrecht – Oudenrijn. Furthermore, the bottlenecks on rail and water deserve new investments.