On 13 June 2018 an exchange of knowledge regarding chain mobility took place between German and Dutch traffic experts. During the excursion – organised by the Wunderline – over 20 participants from both countries were further informed about the potential of mobility-hubs as well as about ways of reducing waiting time during train-to-bus transition and vice versa. The excursion is a follow-up of a workshop for public transportation experts, which was held last January in Leer. The German participants indicated that a visit to the Dutch mobility-hubs would be much appreciated in order to experience the way these hubs work first-hand. During the excursion Leer Railway Station, Groningen Central Station, the Zuidhorn Hub as well as Zuidbroek Railway Station were all visited.
Sound public transportation aided by the Wunderline
Sound public transportation is a precondition for the socio-economic development of the region. The Wunderline clearly improves cross-border door-to-door public transportation – the so-called mobility chain. Currently, research commissioned by the Wunderline is being done regarding the mobility chain in both the Netherlands as well as Germany. This study is conducted by the German ‘planersociëteit’ Agency and the Dutch Goudappel Coffeng Mobility Consultants. In addition, the current mobility situation at each involved railway station is being assessed as well as the options for improvement in this context. At first the focus shall lie on the railway stations between Bunde and Wechloy. The railway stations of Oldenburg, Hude and Delmenhorst are also to be assessed.
Impressed excursion participants
The participants spoke highly of the excursion. “The programme was really diverse, allowing us to learn a lot from the Dutch approach regarding improving and promoting railway areas”, an enthusiastic German participant noted. The mayor of the small town of Jümme added: “I thought today’s excursion was quite encouraging, because I have learnt that all measures for the mobility-hubs had led to a substantial increase of station users. So it can be done. Yet it does take some effort.” Tobias Bartels, an employee of the municipality of Leer: “It’s become clear to me that regarding hubs, it’s all about the whole picture. In other words: the taken actions do not stand by themselves, but are part of a whole set of measures. And the starting point is the user. Convenience is key. It’s about liveability, passengers should feel comfortable in a hub. This means seemingly unimportant things could make the difference, such as for instance a public water tap. It really is about the whole package. That’s how things could be approached in Leer as well. Much remains to be done there. I’ve learnt a lot today.”