Bunnik, the Netherlands, 6 January 2021 – The Poort van den Bosch consortium has transferred the A59 motorway between Rosmalen and Geffen to the province of North Brabant as of 31 December 2020. Rijkswaterstaat (part of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and responsible for the design, construction, management and maintenance of the main infrastructure facilities in the Netherlands) is now responsible for the management and maintenance of the road.
The A59 motorway between Rosmalen and Geffen, a nine-kilometer section of road, was the first road project in the Netherlands to be procured as a public private partnership (PPP) project. The project was awarded to the consortium Poort van den Bosch in 2003, consisting of BAM PPP, Boskalis and Fluor Infrastructure, who took on the responsibility for the design, financing, construction and maintenance of the road over its eighteen years concession period. The financing of the project was provided by BNG Bank and ING Bank.
Conversion dual carriageway N59 to motorway A59
The conversion of the N59 provincial road to the A59 motorway between Rosmalen and Geffen took place from August 2003 to December 2005. During this period, Poort van den Bosch converted the former traffic bottleneck into a fully-fledged motorway with four connections, a sunken location, a grade-separated intersection, a bicycle tunnel and various environmental facilities for animals.
The total project costs were €220 million. During the maintenance period, the consortium periodically received an ‘availability fee’ from the Province of North Brabant. This fee was dependent on the availability of the road and quality of the services. This approach incentivised Poort van Den Bosch to maintain the road in an efficient and effective way and ensure optimal availability of the A59 for road users. Additional maintenance was carried out in 2020 to ensure the quality of the road was to a high standard when it was handed back on 31 December 2020.
The A59 is BAM PPP’s first project to reach the end of its contract and be returned to the client. The major benefit of the whole life cycle approach of the PPP model is that at the end of the concession the asset is returned to the client in great condition. The A59 road, fifteen years on from when it first became operational still looks like new. The process of hand back was completed on time and has been a successful collaboration with the client and everyone involved.
Pieter Mali, project director Poort van den Bosch, says: ‘The success of this first PPP road project in the Netherlands is characterised by excellent cooperation between all parties, good quality of the execution of the work and the continuity of the employees on the project, some of whom have been involved for almost twenty years. As a result, road users and the environment have had a safe and clean road at their disposal for fifteen years.’