The National Market and Capacity Analysis (NMCA) of 2017 showed that after realization of the sub-projects InnovA58, N279 and the A67 a coherent road task arises for the Eindhoven A2 bypass in combination with the A58 and A50. SmartwayZ.NL's programme council decided on 27 September 2017 to initiate a problem analysis for the Bypass Eindhoven (A2 and N2) and the A50 Veghel-Eindhoven. But improving the access to the De Run industrial area in Veldhoven could not be delayed to await the results of this problem analysis. In keeping with the adaptive nature of SmartwayZ.NL, it was therefore decided to tackle the most urgent problems with smart programming - under the banner of the A2 Bypass Eindhoven project - that relies on putting short-term measures in place.
This kind of mobility tasking is traditionally seen as an infrastructural issue, but it can just as easily be considered as a behavioral issue. After all, if the road users were to travel at a different time, the problem would be reduced or perhaps resolved alltogether. SmartwayZ.NL is therefore opting for a fundamentally different approach. A design approach whereby the infrastructural perspective is side-lined in favour of the human components and their behaviour.
The research is expected to take eighteen months. The problem analysis and the general outline of solution approaches will be submitted to SmartwayZ.NL's programme council in the spring of 2019, and the final reports with concrete recommendations for follow-up action in the summer of 2019. The end product will include well-considered proposals for the follow-up.
Accessibility of Brainport Eindhoven
Brainport Eindhoven is home to an ecosystem in which world-leaders in industry, education and R&D, along with their suppliers, can all flourish. De Run industrial area in Veldhoven - along with a number of other prime economic locations in the Brainport catchment area - is expanding rapidly. This is having positive effects on the entire area, not least in terms of the economic spin-off. On the down side, however, it is putting pressure to bear on the road network, particularly in the area around the A2/N2 Eindhoven bypass. Consequently, at the end of 2018, the Province of Noord-Brabant, the municipalities of Veldhoven and Eindhoven, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, and ASML agreed on a comprehensive package of traffic measures costing around EUR 50 million (in Dutch only).
The aim of the package of measures is to ensure that De Run remains accessible while the work force it houses continues to grow substantially over the coming years. Government and business partners are investing jointly in coordinated measures to tackle a number of the most urgent bottlenecks as quickly as possible.
Travellers will soon begin to see the initial effects. For instance, a new express bus service was introduced in January 2019, providing 4 to 6 extra buses between Eindhoven's Central Station and De Run in Veldhoven during the rush hour (in Dutch only). In the slightly longer term, the cycle path network will be improved by the construction of tunnels, better signposting and new cycle routes such as the De Run-Geldrop express route. More P&R locations are being provided, in combination with share-a-bike and shuttle bus services between major industrial locations in the area. These buses will use the bus lanes. The flow of traffic on the Kempenbaan (West and Oost) will also be improved with the aid of traffic management measures (in Dutch only).
It is the express intention that it will not merely be a question of altering the infrastructure, but that businesses, industry and knowledge institutions will actively encourage their employees and students to use more sustainable means of transport - and those options will also improve thanks to this package of measures.