Differences and similarities between transportation hubs regarding cross-border cooperation

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Transportation hubs in itself are places where modes of transport connect with each other, these places are surrounded by business activity. This study is interested in modes for road transportation. Cooperation between transportation hubs is aimed at improving the efficiency of logistics and collaboration. There is a need for efficiency improvement because the infrastructure itself is not able to deal with the amounts of freight that is transported. Borders should be taken into account because transportation does not stop at borders. In depth knowledge about differences and similarities between borders are essential to have when an efficient cross-border cooperation is desired to reach, because of this is a casestudy was used to obtain knowledge. This study sorts differences and similarities between the transportation hubs Venlo (Netherlands) and West-Flanders (Belgium) according to the Policy Arrangement Approach. This approach uses 4 different dimensions to sort differences and similarities in an organized way, namely actors, rules, resources and discourses. Results of this study showed that finding a similar, but complementary branch, and carefully choosing partners is key to have a good starting position. Furthermore, it was succesful to reduce differences and let transportation hubs become as similar as possible, without creating competition.
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