PLANNING AND DECISION MAKING OF INTERNATIONAL RAILWAY LINES: CO-OPERATION AND CONFLICT BETWEEN THE NETHERLANDS AND ITS NEIGHBOURS

The European Union is creating better networks for passenger and freight transport. The individual links are planned by the respective national governments based on bilateral treaties. It causes problems in national decision-making on function and (especially) alignment of the lines. The opportunities for participation of regional and local government are restricted. Often there are in fact different and hardly co-ordinated projects on both sides of the border. Planning procedures are different, which implies that environmental studies and measures are different too. Often links are regarded to be of national importance only, which means that local interests are complaining about having to suffer for foreign interests. In negotiations between the national governments the common interest is not easily defined nor always kept in mind. These problems will be analysed using evidence from seven projects on the Belgian and German border of The Netherlands. A number of solutions are suggested. The EU might play an important part in providing these. The authors have been involved in most of these projects, either by commenting on or by contributing to them. For the covering abstract see IRRD E104573.

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  • English

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 89-100

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00790400
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-86050-320-8
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Apr 11 2000 12:00AM