Alderman Traffic and Transit, Dick Van Sluis
“Our ambition is to transform Rivium Business Park into a hub of innovative transportation.”
Work starts on Rivium innovative transportation hub
On 20 March, a visible start was made to realizing the ambition to transform Rivium Business Park into an innovative transportation hub. For the next 6 to 8 weeks, work will take place on the Parkshuttle track. The Parkshuttle will therefore not be running during this period. Replacement transport will be provided in the form of shuttle buses between Capelsebrug subway station and Rivium Business Park.
Unfortunately, the work will inevitably cause a degree of inconvenience to Parkshuttle users and local residents. Fascinatio neighbourhood residents who normally use the Parkshuttle are advised to walk to either the Capelsebrug or Kralingse Zoom subway station and to use the replacement transport from there, or to walk straight to Rivium. The temporary shuttle from Capelsebrug runs directly to Rivium. The transport company Connexxion will not be providing replacement transport within Fascinatio. The OV chip card fare will remain unchanged.
Temporary closure of Fascinatio Boulevard
Due to the works, the Fascinatio Boulevard roadway will be closed to traffic from Monday 20 to Friday 31 March, and from Tuesday 18 to Friday 21 April. Signs will direct traffic via an alternative route so that buildings can be accessed on Fascinatio Boulevard and Bahialaan.
A world first
The work on the Parkshuttle track falls under the extension of the concession of the operator Connexxion until the end of 2018. With this extension, the municipality of Capelle, together with 2getthere, the developer of the Parkshuttle, has voiced the intention to renew the current system and expand the route, and also for the Parkshuttle to drive on public roads. This means a world first for 2getthere and the municipality of Capelle because this will be the first system to ply public roads without a safety driver or steward on board.
Innovative transportation hub
Dick van Sluis, city councillor for Traffic and Transport, is over the moon with the investment. “Our ambition is to transform Rivium Business Park into a hub of innovative transportation. The Parkshuttle route will be extended to the base of the Van Brienenoord bridge, where it will have a connection with Rotterdam’s Waterbus. Furthermore, we are exploring the possibilities of having the Parkshuttle continue to Erasmus University Rotterdam in the near future. We expect this extension of the route and the connection with waterborne transportation to result in a large increase in the number of passengers, which already exceeds 2,400 a day.”