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21-06-2006: Minister of Transport awards Superbus programme 7 million euro

Minister Karla Pejis of Transport, Public Works and Water Management has decided to give a subsidy of 7 million euro aimed at the design and development of an experimental demonstration model of Superbus.

 

The strategy of the Superbus development programme has three stages consisting of:

1.       Experimental demonstration model and proof of concept

2.       Prototype, preparation of operations, legislation and marketing

3.       Implementation of the concept.

 

The minister has decided to give the subsidy for the first stage. The experimental demonstration model has to show that a speed of 250 km/h can be reached in a safe way. The minister indicated to be very pleased by the concept of Superbus as an innovation and expressed “Superbus is one of the few real innovations in public transport I know of”. She also said she envisioned important spin-offs from this developmental project that could possibly be used for other modes of transport, such as lightweight constructions, accurate navigation (Galileo) and anti-collision radar.

 

The estimation for the first stage of the Superbus development programme is 8,5 million euro of which the university and the sponsors will cover 1,5 million euro. After the completion of the first stage many tests will be performed in cooperation with TNO and RDW. The Superbus team of TU Delft will cooperate with many other universities and polytechnics as well as with several industries. Within the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management a project team will be formed as well. This project team will work on legislation and will use its expertise of complete transport systems to support Superbus.

 

The Superbus development will be coached by the Superbus Innovation Group which consists of:

1.       Rein Willems (CEO Shell, The Netherlands),

2.       Rob Spaans (CEO Stork Fokker Aerospace Papendrecht),

3.       Hans Huis in ‘t Veld (Chairman of the board of TNO),

4.       Mr. M.P. Bakker (CEO TNT),

5.       Ir. G.J. van Luijk (Chairman of the board of TU Delft) and

6.       Mr. Maarten van Eeghen (former Director-General at the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management).