Two months after the official opening of Maasvlakte Plaza, truck drivers have no trouble finding the new truck stop. In June, 90 percent of the 359 parking spaces were occupied over the course of six days. “The Port Authority is very satisfied. Companies are making intensive use of the Plaza – particularly the container road haulage firms located at Maasvlakte. Which was precisely our intention,” says Port Authority COO Ronald Paul.
Maasvlakte Plaza is one of the largest gated truck stops in Europe. Its opening has doubled the number of truck parking spaces in Rotterdam’s port area to a total of 750. “We see very good occupancy rates at the truck stop from Monday to Thursday. And while it’s still relatively quiet over the weekends, our intake is also increasing in these periods as well,” notes Paul. “There are hardly any cases of unlicensed parking at Maasvlakte anymore. And on two occasions the Plaza could be used as a buffer, to accommodate trucks that had become stranded due to a storm and a software hack.”
Most drivers hail from the region, North Brabant and the Eastern Netherlands.
Foto: Paul Martens