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A solution to traffic congestion – or a mission impossible?

"If we start realising the potential of new innovation platforms [...], we may face a new industrial revolution that will ensure the future of Danish production and workplaces."


søren have and rasmus nielsen, PA it strategy and transport experts

Leif Caspersen and Ole Lykke

9 October 2013


PA transport experts Ole Lykke and Leif Caspersen, question how the transport strategy recently presented by the Danish Traffic Congestion Commission can be realised.

Many of the initiatives in the strategy require efforts across the state, the regions and municipalities of Denmark: “Some municipalities will have to pay more money in order for society as a whole to realise the benefits of the strategy. Will the surrounding municipalities be willing to establish park and ride close to train stations and to minimise traffic congestion on main roads to Copenhagen? And is Copenhagen’s council ready to increase the enforcement of parking, for example, in order to minimize traffic congestion?” say Ole and Leif.

According to the article, management of demand is an important part of the strategy. For instance, if road pricing is deselected, other initiatives such as parking charges should be an option. If a joint strategy falls apart, we will not get the synergy and the coherent transport system that was the intention of the strategy.

“The Traffic Congestion Commission has made a big effort and delivered a well-prepared strategy. We hope that politicians and government officers will focus on the citizens and the coherence of the strategy and in this way avoid a ‘mission impossible’,” explain Ole and Leif.


Ole Lykke and Leif Caspersen are transport experts at PA Consulting Group


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