Mobility report 2010 (English summary)

Owing to the economic crisis, car drivers experienced 10 percent less delays caused by traffic jams and traffic congestion in 2009. Traffic volumes on the main road network decreased by 1 percent. The number of train passengers did not decrease in the past year. Due to the fact that school children and students increasing use public transport, the railways now rely less on business travellers.

This report is available in Dutch

The economic crisis had a greater impact on international transport. Freight transport suffered a historic decrease of 12 percent. The aviation sector also suffered heavily. The number of passenger movements via Amsterdam Airport Schiphol decreased by 8 percent in 2009. Only the Netherlands’ regional airports experienced growth.

These findings were published in the Mobility Report 2010, in which the KiM Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis provides an overview of the state of mobility in the Netherlands.

The economic crisis seemingly had profound effects on traffic and transport in the Netherlands. Owing to the impact of international developments, the effects on freight transport and aviation were enormous. The crisis however had little effect on the total amount of traffic and the use of public transport. Conversely, the effect on traffic congestion was pronounced: a relatively slight decrease in traffic volumes (1 percent) resulted in a large decrease (10 percent) in traffic congestion on the main road network.