Dutch Mobility in a European Context. Two Centuries of Mobility Policy in Seven Countries edition:3 location:Utrecht date:26-28 March 2009
In the 1920s and 1930s the new motorised means of transport managed to conquer a part of the transport market in Belgian, to the great dismay of the state owned, monopolist National Society of Belgian Railways that set up a political fight to push back the new road transports. At the same time a generation of engineers and civil servants was drawing the lines of a new modernist total system of transport infrastructure through the establishment of new ports, canals and roads, the latter either “closed” (motor ways) or not. In this paper we aim to take a look at both sides of the so-called “coordination crisis”, the political conflict on route versus railway transport, and the growing (socio-)technical consensus on road, rail and water.