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Green Light for beter traffic flow

Gemeentes Haarlem and Heemstede will be the first to connect their traffic lights to the North Holland traffic center. From there the province can control all of the traffic lights. The parties are focusing on a better traffic flow from five to ten procent for the traffic on the main roads to and from Zuid-Kennemerland.

original article translated from the gemeente Haarlem

Deputy Elisabeth Post from the province of North Holland, councillor Cora-Yfke Sikkema from the gemeente Haarlem, and councillor Heleen Hooij from the gemeente Heemstede signed an agreement on January 29th. Now the traffic center for the province only has access to its own 270 traffic lights. The province decided in October 2015 that it would be possible to control traffic lights from gemeentes and other road operators from the traffic center.

Haarlem and Heemstede connect traffic lights to the center

From February the traffic center will follow and control traffic in Heemstede and Haarlem. This involves traffic on route N201 to the crossing of Heemsteedsedreef and Lanckhorstlaan, from the N205 to the Buitenrustbruggen and from the N200 up to and including the Bolwerkenroute. “This summer get to the beach faster, that will be possible now because the traffic lights on the main roads in Heemstede and Haarlem will also be controlled from the traffic center from the province. This will make the flow of traffic and accessibility beter in North Holland, a mile stone”, according to deputy Elisabeth Post.

Follow real-time traffic

Soon the traffic center will be able to follow the traffic on the important main roads in the above mentioned gemeentes in real-time. That means that they can intervene by the request of the gemeente at busy times according to pre determined scenarios. An example would be te let the traffic lights remain green on the routes where the traffic is able to continue to move forward. It’s expected that the traffic flow in these moments can be improved from five to ten procent.

Regional cooperation

The province is working together with the gemeentes Heemstede, Haarlem, Bloemendaal, Zandvoort, and Rijkswaterstaat (the department of public works) on a beter accessible Zuid-Kennemerland. This they will do by using existing roads in a beter way with smart techniques, a good access to the region with high quality public transport, and investment in infrastructure.

Nick Ferrara

Network Analyst at PPG Europe B.V.
Nick is an American from Pittsburgh, PA who has been living in Haarlem since 2010. He loves that laid back European lifestyle and is always looking for new things to explore both in the area and beyond.

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