Accessible Haarlemmermeer in 2040

The municipality of Haarlemmermeer is preparing the regional mobility network for the future, to remain accessible and a pleasant place to live and work in twenty years from now. The basis for that development is the Network Study Haarlemmermeer 2040 that we have drawn up for the municipality. The study was recently approved by the Municipal Executive of Haarlemmermeer, the Provincial Executive of North Holland and the Executive Committee of the Amsterdam Transport Region. These three parties want to work together on the underlying tasks in order to achieve the needed traffic and mobility structure in Haarlemmermeer up to 2040.

First move then build

Due to the strong growth in the number of inhabitants and jobs, the Amsterdam Metropolitan Region faces a number of major challenges concerning living, working, recreation and transport. This also applies to Haarlemmermeer, where an increase in the number of homes of more than 30 percent is planned. In addition, a number of large business parks are being (re)developed, such as those in the Hoofddorp station area and around Schiphol Airport. To make areas suitable for housing, accessibility is a prerequisite. "First move then build" is therefore the municipality of Haarlemmermeer's credo. Besides effort and investment, this also requires close cooperation between the housing programme and this network study. The latter provides a solid basis for the three parties to work together over the next 10 to 20 years to work out the solutions and measures needed for the enormous housing challenge.

Scaling-up mobility

This network study looks at a number of issues, from pedestrian and cyclist solutions to the use of public transport, shared mobility and road traffic. Key principles are sustainability of transport modes, proximity to amenities, robustness at network level and agility for new trends. The electric bike, for example, offers enormous opportunities for commuting. By improving the supply of walking, cycling and public transport, the traveller's freedom of choice increases. This will make the mobility network more inclusive. The broader consequences of the possible extension of the metro to Schiphol and Hoofddorp have also been mapped out.  

Working together for mobility

As a conclusion to the network study and as a start of the follow-up process, an adaptive cooperation agenda was drawn up. The Network Study shows that many challenges lie within the municipality of Haarlemmermeer. It also forms a good basis for the three initiators' ideas on how these spatial tasks can be developed and which preconditions in the field of mobility this requires. The three parties have a shared responsibility to invest in and implement the agenda.

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