In the coming decades, extreme weather as a result of climate change can cause subsidence on the roads, low water levels on rivers, flooded tunnels and bridges that can no longer be closed.
This is stated by the Knowledge Institute for Mobility Policy (KiM) on Thursday, based on research into the consequences of global warming for the Dutch infrastructure.
Extreme drought, heat, rainfall or storms can cause a lot of damage to the Dutch waterways, railways and highways in the years up to 2050. For example, parts of highways in the west and north of the country can subsidence due to subsidence due to drought.
The water level of the vessel threatens to become too low for shipping.
According to the researchers, this risk is mainly present at the Waal near Nijmegen, an important road for inland shipping.
There is also a risk of low water in some places on the IJssel and on the Lower Rhine.
For railways, climate change can lead to tunnels full of water or bridges that can no longer be closed due to heat expansion.
As a result, the train can no longer cross it.
KiM states that in some cases the government can take expensive remedial measures. But in many other cases, there is no other option than infrastructure replacement or large-scale renovation. As a result, many road users will experience temporary inconvenience and will have to choose other routes or use a different mode of transport.