We are investigating the possibility to solve part of the accessibility problem in the region by means of finely meshed transport by water.
What we do
In this project the use case, system characteristics, infrastructure and the business case were first examined by means of a feasibility study. In this study, available (and developing) innovations in the field of small-scale passenger transport by water were charted. The next phase consists of developing an implementation plan. During the development of the implementation plan, the four steps will be worked out in detail. Subsequently, a recommendation will be given based on the various steps. On the basis of this advice, choices can be made for the further implementation of the project, such as: which technology and vehicle supplier(s) to approach, which infrastructural changes are required, which route has the greatest added value, and which agreements need to be made regarding safety, etc. A link will also be made with (scientific) research lines and possible subsidy schemes will be charted.
Why we do it
Due to the activity and the growth of tourism, the accessibility of the region is under pressure. Moreover, major maintenance of the N3 motorway (also known as the Dordrecht ring road) between 2020 and 2022 will lead to ‘major inconvenience’, according to the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management. In order to maintain – and if possible improve – the accessibility of businesses in the region, the Drechtsteden have investigated whether innovative demand-driven Passenger Transport on Water (IDPOW) can contribute to this.