Directing transport hubs (English summary)

The national government decided to assume a role in transport hubs, arguing that it is in the national interest to so. But what exactly constitutes the national interest is seldom clearly defined. There are many different ways in which the national government can assume responsibility for transport hubs, including, for example, by investing in infrastructure, by taking a direct role if conflict of interest issues arise or by communicating the (supra-regional) interests of a hub. The more concrete the government can be when indicating which objectives it aims to achieve with the development of a hub, the greater the chance of achieving good results, in the context of achieving the greatest possible policy effectiveness.

This report is available in Dutch.

These are some of the conclusions of the KiM Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis report ‘Directing transport hubs’ ('Regie op knooppunten'). The Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment asked KiM to provide insights into the possibilities the national government has for coordinating the development of transport hubs. The functioning of transport hubs, such as train stations and airports, is important for achieving the national government’s objectives.