It has also been decided that this year the government will take a decision on the MIRT exploration of infrastructure and old line hubs. Investments are being prepared for around 4 existing stations, 5 new stations and four tracks between Delft and Schiedam. Investments are also being made in Rotterdam’s metro network and RandstadRail in the Hague region, so that more metros and trams can run, and an improvement of the bus connection between Leiden and Zoetermeer is being investigated. Resources for this have already been set aside within the National Growth Fund, and the region has already set aside resources for this. The authorities have agreed that the state will also have control of its share of the economy by the autumn.
Anne Koning: “The region has done its homework, co-financing has been arranged and the plans are on the shelf. We are ready to further tackle housing construction and urbanization with the government! It is good that the central government sees our commitment and also takes its responsibility to work with us to achieve an actual acceleration of housing construction and associated mobility measures in South Holland. ”
In addition, it has been agreed that preferential decisions will be taken under BO MIRT under BO MIRT for the 2 current MIRT investigations, CID | Binckhorst and Oever Connections in the Rotterdam region. Agreements have also been entered into for the start of planning and exploration for regional public transport corridors such as HOV criridors’ Randstadrail and metro network and Bus Rapid Transport Leiden-Zoetermeer.
With the acceleration agreements and the agreements for the autumn, it will be possible to build more homes in South Holland faster and more easily accessible with high-quality public transport. This ensures that more people can find a suitable home without the need for a car. It creates fewer traffic jams, makes mobility more sustainable and we strengthen the economy in the region.
Consultation gives confidence in follow-up
The results from BOL form the basis for the final decision-making during MIRT’s administrative consultation, which will take place in the autumn.
Frederik Zevenbergen: “I am convinced that we can jointly make decisions during BO MIRT this autumn. We see that the government supports the urgency of developing in South Holland and also invests resources in return. Every investment in South Holland pays for itself in the sustainable growth and prosperity of our residents. I therefore assume that the government will find cover for the remaining 500 million euros for the Leiden – Dordrecht railway line by the autumn, so that together we can make the start-up decision and start building. “
During the administrative consultation on the living environment, several topics were discussed in addition to housing and mobility. The region was represented by the municipalities of Rotterdam and The Hague, the Metropolitan Region of Rotterdam – The Hague, the Urbanization Alliance and the provinces of Zeeland and South Holland.
Governments are jointly raising the bar for (affordable) housing
Together, the state and the region face a huge housing challenge. The government has expressed the ambition to build 900,000 homes by 2030. South Holland can make an important contribution to the national challenge. The region demands reciprocity from the central government for this.
The province recently presented its housing offer to Minister De Jonge. South Holland can realize between 17,000 and 25,000 homes a year in the period up to and including 2030. From 2025, two thirds of this must consist of affordable housing. The region sees great potential for housing construction and jobs, especially along the Leiden – Dordrecht (Old Line) railway line. The province encourages the national government to make agreements on a number of preconditions so that the homes are actually built. There is a particular need for the government’s efforts in the areas of nitrogen, noise regulation, mobility, labor and financing.
A proposal was recently passed in the House of Representatives to remove the obstacles to speeding up housing construction along the railway. Without the support of the Mobility Fund, the construction of 56,000 extra houses is not possible. This would be a missed opportunity for a rapid expansion of the housing stock, but also a step backwards for the current residents and the economic development of the region. The joint authorities agreed that the state will be in control of its share of the economy by the autumn.