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Government expenditure on infrastructure in the Netherlands 2018-2026

As of 2019, the government spent approximately 5.3 billion euros in the Netherlands in 2018. It is forecasted that the expenditures on infrastructure will increase slightly in 2020 and 2021, before decreasing from 2023 to roughly 4.89 billion euros. Observing the government expenditure on regional infrastructure, it decreased annually, despite a significant increase in 2023. In 2024, it is forecasted that expenditures will amount to 1.6 million euros.

State income of road taxes

A government’s income source to be able to spend money on infrastructure are road tax incomes. In 2017, the state generated an income on road taxes in the Netherlands of approximately 19.5 billion euros. It is an increase compared to the previous year, and it is forecasted that this will grow to a road tax income of nearly 19.8 billion euros. From the total government road tax income in 2018, it is estimated that the main sources of income will be generated from petrol excises, motor vehicle taxes and diesel and liquefied petroleum gas excises. Approximately 4.32 billion euros of road taxes are estimated to be petrol excises, whereas 4.14 and 3.97 billion euros are motor vehicle taxes and diesel and LPG excises, respectively.

Expenditure on primary road network

It is expected that the government expenditure on primary road network in the Netherlands will amount to 2.7 billion euros in 2020. This is an increase compared to the previous two years, and it will increase further despite decreases in 2021 and 2024.

Total government expenditure on infrastructure in the Netherlands in 2018, with a forecast from 2019 to 2026

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Release date

October 2020



Survey time period

2018 to 2026

Supplementary notes

The infrastructure for this figure consist out of the following:
- Primary road network
- Railways
- Major projects such as the European Rail Traffic Management System
- Regional infrastructure

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