Dr. Berend Lindner (State Secretary of Lower Saxony) and Henk Staghouwer (Provincial Executive Member of the Province of Groningen) kick off the launch the Chain Mobility Network.

Oldenburg – Border-free, flexible and sustainable mobility is a key issue for all municipalities along the railway connection between Groningen and Bremen. In February this year mayors and district commissioners signed a declaration of intent during the Wunderline Conference in an effort to improve chain mobility. Today (20 September 2019) the launch of the Chain Mobility Network is being kicked off. The network consists of ‘Landkreise’ (rural districts) and municipalities supplemented by public transportation associations in the border region. The partners strive to develop concrete measures in an attempt to make door-to-door travelling by – for instance – tourists, students, border commuters and inhabitants of the region, more appealing, convenient as well as accessible.

“The success of Wunderline depends on a proper chain mobility. I am therefore quite pleased that the Federated State of Lower Saxony, the municipalities along the railway connection as well as the Province of Groningen all see eye to eye on this theme “, Dr. Berend Lindner (State Secretary of Lower Saxony) says. The Network Chain Mobility was initiated with the support of an INTERREG V A subsidy. Bus connections, a joint marketing effort, cross-border ticketing and smart cycling solutions are the first options to be explored in this context.

”The Province of Groningen has invested heavily in the improvement of chain mobility over the past years. This has led to an increase in public transportation traveller numbers, less traffic jams and parking problems as well as to a higher quality of living and level of accessibility. The latter is key to the economy, yet also to our inhabitants’ social lives”, Provincial Executive Member Henk Staghouwer emphasises.

The exchange of knowledge between the Netherlands and Germany shall lead to cross-border initiatives aiming to improve chain mobility.

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