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The Netherlands is pausing 17 major infrastructure projects for maintenance and renovation, focusing on more truck parking and supporting small transport companies with subsidies and infrastructure improvements.

In the field of infrastructure and transport, the Dutch government has made a striking decision, temporarily pausing no fewer than 17 major infrastructure projects. This drastic decision, taken after a lengthy debate in the House of Representatives, is a response to a series of challenges including increased construction costs, personnel shortages and the nitrogen problem. The debate, which lasted seven hours, made it clear that Minister Harbers of Infrastructure and Water Management could not provide optimistic news about the progress of these projects.

The focus is now shifting to maintenance and renovation of existing infrastructure. This is a strategic choice to use the available resources more efficiently in light of the current problems. Projects such as the approach to the A2 Deil-'s-Hertogenbosch-Vught, the improvement of the A9 at Rottepolderplein, and the flow of the Hoevelaken junction at the A1/A28 are now on the back burner.

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The discussion in the House of Representatives also reflected the political division on this issue. Left-wing parties showed more understanding for the shift from resources to maintenance, while right-wing parties emphasized that new roads are essential to keep the Netherlands accessible. These disagreements underscore the complexity of infrastructure planning at a time when both economic and environmental factors are at play.

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Another important topic that emerged during the debate was the shortage of truck parking spaces in the Netherlands. This problem has the attention of both politicians and the transport sector. The ministry has taken steps to tackle this problem, including by applying for EU subsidies for five new locations and starting a pilot project in Limburg. This could result in 800 additional parking spaces. In addition, there is cooperation with Germany to realize a large parking lot for trucks just across the border near Arnhem/Zevenaar.

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Another important topic that emerged during the debate was the shortage of truck parking spaces in the Netherlands.

The development of a reservation app for truck parking was also discussed. This app, which is still in its infancy, would help drivers find available parking spaces. The ministry is committed to collecting the necessary data from truck parking lots and is considering using enforcement to make this data available.

Finally, support for small transport companies (KTOs) was discussed. The House of Representatives asked the minister to set up an SME counter or expertise center to make support measures for these entrepreneurs more transparent. The ministry is working on a subsidy scheme for charging infrastructure and offers support to small entrepreneurs through the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). The scheme also includes a subsidy for customized advice on charging infrastructure.

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