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  • Minister Peeters not in favor of higher ticket prices

    Flemish Minister of Mobility and Public Works Lydia Peeters responds on the 'news' that she would be in favor of variable ticket prices and more expensive tickets. The option of variable ticket prices was included in the memorandum of the Flemish Transport Company De Lijn that was drawn up in response to the 2019 elections. Peeters says that she has always said, also in various interventions in the Flemish Parliament, that she is absolutely not in favor of this story. She is, however, in favor of variable and flexible subscriptions that take into account the possibilities of teleworking.

    Flemish Minister of Mobility and Public Works Lydia Peeters clarifies: 

    “I am absolutely in favor of flexible subscriptions. De Lijn has already started this at my request, just think of the Pause button for annual subscriptions and next week I will receive more information from De Lijn about this. The corona crisis and the extensive teleworking have made the need for this clear. What I am absolutely not in favor of are higher (and therefore variable) ticket prices in rush hours. VVM De Lijn may be conducting research into this in the context of an adjusted tariff structure, but I argue for simplicity in the tariffs and only differentiation according to target groups. In this story too, the traveler is always central to me and I want to prevent transport poverty.”

    Lydia Peeters

    Correction: Minister Peeters is not in favor of higher ticket prices in rush hours

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Regional

  • Mobility plan for traffic flows Dutch Grand Prix 2021

    In the weekend of 3 to 5 September, after 36 years, Formula 1 is back on the Zandvoort circuit. World-famous drivers such as our own Max Verstappen will compete for the first prize during this Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix 2021. Screeching tires and roaring engines, fans can indulge themselves during this event. This will bring a huge influx of fans to the track. About 110.000 visitors a day are expected. To ensure safe and effective traffic flows around this event, a special mobility plan has been drawn up and submitted to the municipality of Zandvoort. The mobility plan consists of the following points:

    • Spread of visitor flows.
    • The creation of temporary overnight stays in Zandvoort and/or the immediate vicinity is the basis of its success.
    • The train is the key to success.
    • The bicycle is the signboard.
    • Shuttle bus is necessary.
    • Organized bus transport.
    • Discouragement policy for visitors with a car.
    • Realization of a car-free area.
    • Aim for as little nuisance as possible for residents and businesses of both Zandvoort and surrounding municipalities.

    The mobility plan has been drawn up by the organization of the Dutch Grand Prix (DGP) in collaboration and/or in consultation with all stakeholders and official partners involved. The purpose of the plan is to make this event safe and responsible and to help residents of the municipality of Zandvoort and the surrounding region to offer as much space and freedom of movement as possible during this event. The mobility plan is based on the STOMP principle. STOMP stands for Steps, Stairs, Public Transport, Mobility As A Service and Passenger Cars. This principle is the translation of the DGP's sustainability ambition for the mobility component.

    Read also: NS expects tens of thousands of travelers during the Dutch Grand Prix