In the ‘Infrastructure and Modal Shift’ building block, the focus is on mobilising and inspiring companies in the region to join in the thought process about and innovate in relation to the theme infrastructure (road, water, pipelines, rail, electricity) and promote the modal shift. The change in forms of transport and the way in which this takes place, not only at Supply Chain Valley, but also nationally and internationally, deserve the undivided attention of this building block.
The goal is to attract more companies to Supply Chain Valley. And then primarily to a modal shift methodology: a greener method of transport of containers from the deep-sea ports to Supply Chain Valley using inland shipping and the rail network. A reduction in road transport means fewer traffic jams and fewer employees are needed. Companies at Supply Chain Valley must be made aware of the benefits of a modal shift.
A strong emphasis is also placed on digitalisation, circularity and sustainability. It is important to translate these themes into the infrastructure, whether this is laying pipelines, making transport more sustainable, aiming to reuse materials or the smart use of ICT. It is also about finding a good balance, for example, shifting freight traffic from road to rail, whilst we can see that rail terminals already face capacity-related challenges. Ultimately, in the longer term, we also aim to increase exports.
Quote Daniel ten Ham, chairperson “Infrastructure & Modal Shift”
“The aim is to be a trendsetter in Infrastructure and Modal Shift at Supply Chain Valley. I am convinced that, together, we can achieve this! A good infrastructure is an essential pre-requisite. Modal shift reduces traffic on the roads, and helps to reduce CO 2 emissions.”