MIRT Exploration Haaglanden
The pilot project MIRT Haaglanden is a perfect example of how to prepare for tomorrow’s challenges.
What will the Haaglanden look like after 2020? What will be the region’s problems and how can they be solved? It’s not easy to come up with solutions to future problems but if we don’t look ahead now we could find ourselves in considerable trouble later. Carrying out major works in a densely populated area requires a good deal of planning and time. The longer we wait the more difficult it will be.
In the multiannual infrastructure programme Mirt Exploration Haaglanden, the Dutch government and the provincial and regional authorities investigate what is needed to guarantee the long term accessibility and viability of the region. We were asked to project manage the exploratory programme and shape the decision making process. We projected a likely scenario for 2020-2040, which resulted in a long list of large-scale priority projects and a preferential decision from the authorities involved. The exploration balances accessibility, spatial quality and economic opportunity. Looked at in conjunction, projects and initiatives often led to smarter solutions. Experts, interest groups, entrepreneurs and the public are important contributors to the success of the project.
Faster and Better
The MIRT Exploration Haagland programme is one of the pilot projects launched as part of the ‘Faster and Better’ initiative. Projects of this kind involve a tremendous amount of research. At the same time, there are agreement and implementation deadlines to keep. We are proud to say we did well. We still don’t have a crystal ball but as a result of our efforts we are better prepared for what the future has in store.