Modelling calculations for exploratory regional accessibility study

26 September 2019

The Hague's central innovation district (CID) and Binckhorst district are facing ambitious construction challenges. The plan for this highly urbanised area is to develop a varied residential and commercial environment by constructing at least 24,000 more homes and creating 30,000 jobs by 2040. This is all conditional on sustainable urbanisation and good accessibility of CID-Binckhorst and the wider area. Goudappel Coffeng has carried out modelling calculations to explore the area's accessibility.

These show that sustainable urbanisation and good accessibility are only possible if the area undergoes a mobility transition, focusing fully on strengthening public transport, slow-moving traffic, parking, smart mobility, and clever use of space so as to reduce car use.

Exploration of alternatives
The aim of the exploratory study was to identify and compare a variety of alternative mobility options for the CID/Binckhorst area. Goudappel performed the modelling calculations for the consultancy firm of Witteveen+Bos. Sander Schoorlemmer, Transport Forecasting consultant: “The aim of this preliminary study was to find and compare alternative mobility options for the CID/Binckhorst area. Our technical experts also helped draw up these mobility options and convert them into input for the calculations.

All the alternatives identified are based on a solid set of mobility measures and differ from each other mainly in terms of the type of public transport that's going to serve the Binckhorst area. Is a high-quality local tram service the solution or is a regional light-rail link more future-proof?”

Some of the alternative options were run through the Rotterdam-The Hague Metropolitan Area's multi-modal transport model (V-MRDH). Constructed by Goudappel, this model makes it possible, for example, to examine the effects on a range of first-mile and last-mile transport combinations and e-bike use. The traffic volumes, journey times and accessibility maps produced by the model were used to compare the alternative options within previously set parameters. “The idea is ultimately to present a preferred alternative that is supported by both the city and region,” says Sander Schoorlemmer.


Client: Witteveen+Bos consultants
Year: 2019