Optimal Redesign of the Dutch Road Network

27 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2006

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Maaike Snelder

TNO

Albert P. M. Wagelmans

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus Center for Optimization in Public Transport (ECOPT); Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Econometrics

Jeroen M. Schrijver

TNO

H. J. van Zuylen

Delft University of Technology

L. H. Immers

TNO

Date Written: January 1, 2005

Abstract

The Dutch national road network has been developed over several decades. In the past, roads were constructed according to the then current spatial and transportation planning philosophies. Because the existing road network is a result of a long process of successive developments, the question can be asked whether this network is the most appropriate from the current point of view, especially taking in consideration the current socio economic structure of the Netherlands. To answer this question an optimization algorithm for designing road networks has been developed. With this algorithm the Dutch road network has been redesigned based on minimization of the travel and infrastructure costs and by taking into account the socio economic structure of the Netherlands. A comparison between the existing network and the new design shows that the redesigned Dutch national road network has significantly lower total costs than the existing road network. It is found that the construction of less roads with more lanes on different locations leads to a reduction of the total travel time and the total vehicles kilometers traveled.

Keywords: Netherlands, Motorway, Network Design Problem, Redesign, Road Network, Scratch

Suggested Citation

Snelder, Maaike and Wagelmans, Albert P. M. and Schrijver, Jeroen M. and van Zuylen, H. J. and Immers, L. H., Optimal Redesign of the Dutch Road Network (January 1, 2005). ERIM Report Series Reference No. ERS-2005-091-LIS. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=875781

Maaike Snelder (Contact Author)

TNO ( email )

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Albert P. M. Wagelmans

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus Center for Optimization in Public Transport (ECOPT) ( email )

3000 DR Rotterdam
Netherlands
+31 10 408 2576 (Phone)
+31 10 408 9162 (Fax)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Econometrics

P.O. Box 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam
Netherlands

Jeroen M. Schrijver

TNO ( email )

P.O. Box 718
AS Hoofddorp, 2130
Netherlands

H. J. Van Zuylen

Delft University of Technology ( email )

Stevinweg 1
Stevinweg 1
Delft, 2628 CN
Netherlands

L. H. Immers

TNO ( email )

P.O. Box 718
AS Hoofddorp, 2130
Netherlands

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