Feasibility study Waalwijk

For the Port VIII business park in Waalwijk we are carrying out a feasibility study into the possible implementation of an automatic shuttle. With this we hope to alleviate the transport problems in the area.

Waalwijk almost has 50,000 inhabitants and is located in the heart of Noord-Brabant on the river Maas. Waalwijk is well-organised: living and recreation to the south of the A59 motorway, working to the north. Well located for motorists and logistics (water, road), but there is no train station. As a result, Waalwijk can only be reached by bus, car or bicycle, but the business park Park VIII on the north side lacks access by bus. In the area, many migrant workers commute from the border region. There is no good (bus) connection between the bus station and the companies north of the A59. As a result, the companies north of the A59 now drive their own vans to pick up and drop off personnel.

This, combined with the expected growth within the municipality, was reason to look for a solution for the last mile accessibility of the companies north of the A59, preferably in an innovative way. The connection to public transport plays an important role here.

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What we do

For the Port VIII area, we are carrying out a feasibility study to see whether a self-propelled shuttle could provide a solution to the transport problem here.

For this purpose, we perform a route scan to identify promising routes and to map out possible adjustments. In addition, we gather all relevant stakeholders and search for a location bound owner (or owners). Furthermore, we involve the concessionaire and the local and/or regional government. These usually have the role of road manager and/or concession grantor and co-funding.

We then use the information provided by the stakeholders/partners to formulate a possible use case and the associated route(s) and stops. This serves as a basis for drawing up the business case. The use case and the associated route are subjected to an in-depth technical route analysis.

Why we do it

In 2020 the Port VIII industrial estate will be developed with a new port for larger container ships. The expectation is that Waalwijk’s growth as a logistics hub will also continue, provided there are sufficient plots available; the West Brabant region and its growth agenda expect a stronger relationship with Waalwijk.

There are no good public transport connections with the area, making it necessary for employees there to travel by car. In order to offer these employees a sustainable alternative, we are now looking into the possibility of opening up the area with self-propelled transport.




As an innovative mobility solution, the automatic shuttle will provide access to the business park in the area. The application of this automatic shuttle will give an impulse to the attraction of the area and the accessibility on the last-mile. With this we provide an accessible and fast service for the employees of various companies and access to the migrant hotels.


Municipality Waalwijk


Dutch Automated Mobility is a collaboration between Rebel Automated Shuttles and Future Mobility Network




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