A City Wide Model of Rotterdam used to assess the impact of renovation of the Maastunnel
Rotterdam is a city divided by the river Maas. There are three river crossings and one of them is the Maastunnel, built in 1941. The tunnel needs to be renovated, but this will mean significant less capacity for river crossing traffic.
To minimise delay the municipality issued their consultants, Sweco, to build a city-wide Paramics Microsimulation model. With this model the impact of the renovation and therefore lower capacity for river crossing traffic was researched. Also, measures were developed to ensure the accessibility of Rotterdam during the renovation of the tunnel.
The Municipality of Rotterdam stated: “Use of the simulation model has made it possible, that the discussion about closing the Maastunnel, was conducted at the right level. Between the experts that make the reconstruction proposals and the city council that needs to decide on the right proposal” (source: CVS paper 2013, New Rotterdam approach for the accessibility challenges in the large-scale renovation of the Maastunnel).