Antwerp is facing the challenge of effectively managing urban growth in the city. Linking the city to the port is part of this challenge, and the main priority is to reduce people’s dependence on the car. The new mobility projects in the ‘Smart ways to Antwerp’ programme can help us to achieve this aim.
‘Smart ways to Antwerp’ issued a call for projects in the autumn of 2017 to help achieve smooth, efficient and reliable passenger and freight traffic. Thirty-seven proposals were submitted, eighteen of which were chosen by a professional jury.
The projects focus on both passenger mobility and freight traffic. On the business side it involves tools to simplify planning and ways to avoid busy roads and rush hour traffic by expanding commercial establishments on the outskirts and transport by water, for example.
More sustainable, more efficient
Seven of the eighteen projects focus on logistics. One example is the Hakka Matching Algorithm, a platform for transport companies to exchange container rides. Transporters can use this online marketplace to optimize their planning by means of a matching algorithm to minimize the number of empty containers driving around.
Another project is the one set up by Transport Joosen. It organizes night-time transport from the Port of Antwerp to a ‘connecting hub’ in the Moeskroen region (near the French-Belgium border). This way containers can be delivered on time to their new clients in northern France, and it cuts down on the many daytime rides in the Antwerp region.
These seven logistics projects should result in four hundred fewer large and small freight shipments a day. These projects can count on the city for financial and/or communication support and professional expertise.