Twente is an innovative top technological knowledge region with strong knowledge clusters, a logistics hotspot, high-end basic infrastructure and a strong SME sector. It is part of the Dutch-German Euregion with 3.4 million inhabitants.
The region is strategically located on the international east-west connection axis North Sea Baltic Corridor between Amsterdam and Eastern Europe. This strategic position makes it an important link in the development of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). International connections with other urban agglomerations are essential for the economic growth of our regions. Cross-border connections by road and railway play an important role in this to transport students, workers, city visitors, goods and ideas in both directions on a daily basis.
Despite the unique position of the region, the national border continues to be a barrier. For example, cross-border railway links do not connect properly. Our aim is to make daily crossborder traveling 'a normal way of life'. Working on better connections we make use of innovative and sustainable solutions. One of our big projects is building a bicycle highway, connecting the west of the region with the German border. With this highway you can ride your bike without jam-up over a total lenght of 62 kilometers (http://www.fietssnelwegf35.nl/). Furthermore we work together with the Province Overijssel and our local industries on smart mobility in the project Twente Mobiel. A real new development is the testing with unmanned systems from the Airport Twente for safety and freightpurposes (http://www.space53.eu).
Twente is involved in the EU projects: CEF project Optimizing Inland waterways in the Euregio (2017-2022), Interreg bereikbaarheid via de lucht, SUMPs-up (2018) and NMS/New Mobility Services/EU.
Twente has published the following documents:
- International railway connections, more opportunities for Europe
- Demonstrator project for urban air mobility in EUREGIO
- Policy Mobility Region Twente (2017) (Dutch version)
Twente has created the following movies: