The Ministers of Transport of the 27 member states of the EU have decided that the Lely line will be included in the extensive TEN-T network. This is an important decision for the Netherlands because it recognizes the importance of the Lely line in Europe and, thanks to this decision, the intended new railway line has a chance of receiving European subsidies.
TEN-T stands for Trans-European Transport Network. Roads, railways and waterways that are part of TEN-T all meet certain European standards so that road traffic, boats and trains can move quickly and sustainably through Europe.
In the coalition agreement it has been agreed that the government will reserve € 3 billion in order to be able to build the Lely Line in due course with co-financing from the region and from European funds. We are currently working out how the Lely line can contribute to strengthening the economy, the accessibility of new residential areas and better international train connections with the north of Germany. Exactly how the Lely line should run has not yet been decided. The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management expects the construction of the Lely line to cost between €6 and €9 billion.
There are three types of networks within TEN-T: The TEN-T core network, an extended core network and an extended network. The core network must comply with all European agreements by 2030, the extensive core network by 2040 and the extensive network by 2050. The European Transport Ministers agree that the Lely line must be included in the extensive TEN-T network.
Not only the European Transport Ministers have a voice when it comes to TEN-T, the European Parliament also has a say. It is therefore expected that the inclusion of the Lely line on the TEN-T network will be final at the end of 2023.