Feasibility study into the Nieuwe Westelijke Oeververbinding in Rotterdam
‘To DBFM or not to DBFM’, that is the question when it comes to this important infrastructure project. By presenting policy makers with the facts we make decision making easier.
Infrastructure and environment minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen asked Rebel to investigate the feasibility of the new cross-river link, which will connect the A15 and the A20 motorways and make the Rotterdam region and port more accessible. In spite of dwindling resources the minister wants to go ahead with the project provided it will be affordable. She asked us to list possible scenarios to help her make a preferential decision.
Innovative solutions wanted
This is the sort of challenge we like at Rebel. And as this is Rotterdam, a city we have a special bond with, we like it even more. We have been presented with a wide ranging problem and relatively little time to solve it. It means having to come up with innovative solutions, such as combining DBFM with toll – a first for the Netherlands.
Toll & DBFM
Our market approach team consists of four Rebels, one of them a cluster manager. We have developed a much more detailed, complete and flexible business case than the government is used to with projects like these. The advantage is that, once in possession of the full facts, the next step is that much easier to take. We are presently looking into toll and the desirability of a DBFM contract. To that end we have delivered a PPC as part of the study.
Work on the project hasn’t started yet but we have provided decision makers with the kind of transparent information they need to take the next step. Good decisions are based on good information. We’re confident the link will be built.