Amsterdam is the safest city in Europe and the 4th safest city in the world, according to the Safe Cities Index 2019 by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The top three safest cities in the world are Tokyo, Singapore and Osaka.
The Dutch government plans to set up a fund containing billions of euros as a buffer to guarantee economic growth in the Netherlands, the Telegraaf reports based on sources. The amount to go in this fund has not yet been decided, but according to the newspaper, the amount of 50 billion euros is circulating on the Binnenhof.
Amsterdam is pushing more money and effort into repairing and maintaining bridges and quays in the city, the maintenance of which was neglected over the past decades, the municipality announced. This follows a report by external researcher Pieter Cloo, who concluded that getting the maintenance of civil construction in the city back on par is a complex, major and extremely urgent task.
The four large Dutch cities - Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague - will have the opportunity to present their wish lists in the area of mobility and housing during a special meeting with the government next week. This meeting will happen with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Ministers Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs and Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure in Utrecht on Wednesday, sources in The Hague confirmed to AD after reports in NRC.
The Netherlands is no longer one of the five best performing economies in the world, according to the World Economic Forum's rankings. In this year's ranking, the Netherlands came in sixth place, dropping two spots from last year's fourth, AD reports.
The best performing economy of the 140 economies tested is the United States. Singapore came in second place, followed by Germany and Switzerland. Japan completes the top five.
Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam must immediately start working on improving its infrastructure on the ground, KLM CEO Peter Elbers said to the Telegraaf. "There is still a shortage of parking positions, taxiways and Marechaussee officers. Security passages also need to be broadened", Elbers said.
"I notice that there is a lot of attention to issues that only surfaced over the past years, such as the new terminal. But let's not forget that much needs to be done in the short term", the KLM CEO said to the newspaper.
The VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie plan to invest over 2 billion euros into asphalt, public transit and waterways in the coming years, sources confirmed to RTL Nieuws after reports in the Telegraaf.
A large part of that money is destined to address places where traffic jams often arise, for example on the A1, A12 and A12 highways. The new government is also investing 100 million euros into bicycle paths.
For the second year in a row, the Netherlands has the most competitive economy in the European Union, and the fourth most competitive economy in the world, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). The Netherlands scored particularly well because of its strong base in, for example, infrastructure and macroeconomic policy, said Erasmus University - the WEF partner organization in the Netherlands, NU.nl reports.
With reporting by Janene Pieters.
The city of Amsterdam is beginning to crack down on unauthorized bike-sharing in the Dutch capital, traffic alderman and deputy mayor Pieter Litjens said to NL Times. The municipality is notifying unsanctioned bike sharing companies this week that they need to collect their bicycles off of city streets. Bicycles not recovered by these firms will be impounded by the city beginning in mid-October.
Municipal public transit company GVB is calling on Amsterdam to commit to building another new subway line in order to keep up with the city's growth. In addition to the new Noord-Zuid subway line set to start operating next year, an Oost-West line will also be needed, GVB director Alexandra van Huffelen said in an interview with NRC.
Amsterdam made it to fourth place in a ranking of Europe's most dynamic cities by Savills Investment Management. The ranking shows which cities are most suitable for commercial real estate investments. London, Paris and Cambridge are the top three most dynamic cities on the continent, Het Parool reports.
The four largest cities in the Netherlands, united under G4, want the Dutch government to invest 35 billion euros into sustainability and infrastructure in the Randstad. The G4's plans span 15 years in which time some 1 million "green" homes will be built and accessibility to the city regions will be greatly improved, Het Parool reports.
The Mayors of Rotterdam, Amsterdam, The Hague and Utrecht met with Prime Minister Mark Rutte a few weeks ago to present their plan, Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb confirmed to the newspaper.
If no decisive measures are taken, roads in Dutch cities will be completely blocked by 2021 due to a doubling in traffic, Trouw reports based on an investigation CROW did for the newspaper. According to the research firm, the current focus is too much on solving traffic problems on main roads and highways, and too little on city accessibility.
The next Dutch government should include a Minister for Mobility, who must focus on improving the connection in and between cities to prevent a further increase in traffic jams and accidents, according to a manifest set up by a coalition consisting of seven major public transporters and car companies, NOS reports.
The first part of the new A9 near Badhoevedorp is opening at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, according to the Rijkswaterstaat. The part opening is a new A9 connection at the Raasdorp junction to the A4 in the direction of Amsterdam.
After 13 years of absence, the Netherlands is back in the top 10 of the most competitive countries in the world, according to IMD's annual World Competitive Yearbook. The Netherlands came in 8th place this year, climbing 7 spots since last year
A group of 24 Dutch organizations sent an urgent letter to Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Monday calling on him to increase the budget for infrastructure and mobility in the Netherlands. According to the organization, the 10 billion euros reserved for the next two years is not nearly enough
The Dutch government plans to reserve an additional 10 billion euros for two years for improving the roads and railway in the Netherlands. The money will be used to push the most urgent projects forward and for new projects, sources told Dutch newspaper AD.
A massive 20,700 people were seriously injured in traffic accidents last year, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment announced on Wednesday. That is an increase of 1,900 serious injuries compared to 2013. Traffic association ANWB is "shocked and disappointed" by these figures
Earlier this week coalition party gave indications that it wants to end the changing speed limits on the A2. The proposition will also be applicable to the A4, where the speed limit is being pushed to 130 kilometers per hour.
The Netherlands has risen three places to once again sit in fifth place on a list of 140 countries that were part of the annual measure of global competitiveness, according to figures released by The Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016, conducted by the World Economic Forum.
Connexxion is launching its own taxi service in Amsterdam this year, the company’s CEO Bart Schmeink told BNR. He did not give away many details about the service but mentioned that the idea was inspired by initiatives like Uber, and that it could launch over the summer.
Running UberPOP drivers off the road and detaining drivers until police arrive is not acceptable, says Infrastructure and Environment Secretary Wilma Mansveld. Several traditional taxi drivers have tried to box in the alternative service’s drivers in recent weeks as a protest over the company’s business practices.
The Dutch government has emphasized that airline KLM must remain in sufficiently autonomous from the government to avoid a conflict of interest arising from the development of Schiphol Airport.