The Connected Transport Corridor (CTC) Amsterdam Westkant is underway. It makes transport on the road to and from Schiphol more efficient by allowing logistics data to be shared. And for transporters throughout the Netherlands, it means fewer delays and faster connections. But what is the CTC Amsterdam Westkant, and how will it make transport cleaner, safer and more sustainable? We spoke to Bart Pouwels, Head of Cargo at Schiphol, and Janneke Nijsing, Corridor Manager Amsterdam Westkant, to find out.
What is the CTC, and what will it do?
Janneke: It’s important to emphasise that CTC is not another pilot. We’ve had too many of those. CTC is a national initiative that utilises some of the more than 400 smart traffic lights in the Netherlands, plus live traffic and road condition information, to notify truck drivers of any conditions that may hinder their journey, and give them priority at traffic lights when possible. The aim is to ensure that drivers get to their destination as swiftly and sustainably as possible.
Bart: I think the word ‘Corridor’ says it all. We are literally creating open paths from drivers’ starting point to their destination, and informing them about obstacles that may get in the way. By giving them priority at green lights, we reduce starting and stopping, which not only supports swift movement, but also reduces CO2 emissions.
How does it work?
Janneke: In this first launch, we’re using a mobile app to alert drivers to traffic jams, accidents, construction and other hindrances on the road. The app also communicates with the Smart Traffic Lights to give drivers priority green lights when possible.
Bart: As the project grows and expands, we’ll work with the many IT parties that supply on-board computers, to eventually make the technology available there instead.