This year, the TEN-T Days were hosted at the Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam from 20 to 22 June 2016. The Port of Rotterdam welcomed the ‘Rotterdam Declaration’ and was pleased that the TEN-T Days took place in its home city. During the event, the Port of Rotterdam Authority emphasised the importance of establishing the TEN-T network and broadening its scope to take account of sustainability and digitalisation.
Rotterdam is located on three of the nine core corridors in the Trans-European Transport Network (Rhine-Alpine, North Sea-Baltic and North Sea-Mediterranean). As a gateway to Europe, the Port is actively involved in strengthening the core network and improving hinterland connections. The Port Authority supports development of transportation infrastructure that favours the rail and inland shipping modes. This includes an investment by the Port of Rotterdam Authority, the Dutch Government and the European Commission (European co-financing of approximately € 60 million) in the Caland railway bridge - Theemsweg route project. The Port Authority encourages continuation of European co-financing (via Connecting Europe Facility), since it is crucial for the timely development of the TEN-T network.
Parallel to the projects aimed at improving the infrastructure, the European Commission has taken the initiative of identifying ways in which use of the existing infrastructure may be improved. This will help to make the transport network more efficient and sustainable. Means of achieving these goals include encouraging multimodal connections, using data and ICT applications and supporting innovative solutions such as platooning. The Port of Rotterdam Authority acknowledges the increasing importance of these developments and stresses that solutions should predominantly follow the cross-border corridor principle with a continuous focus on mitigation of infrastructural bottlenecks. Therefore, the Port of Rotterdam Authority together with Deltalinqs supports the TEN-T Declaration of Rotterdam.