Cabinet discusses action plan for rails

16th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

16 November 2007, THE HAGUE – The cabinet will discuss plans for improving rail infrastructure in the Netherlands on Friday. In the coming years experts say that billions in investment is needed to achieve the goal of 5 percent growth in train travel included in the coalition agreement.

16 November 2007

THE HAGUE – The cabinet will discuss plans for improving rail infrastructure in the Netherlands on Friday. In the coming years experts say that billions in investment is needed to achieve the goal of 5 percent growth in train travel included in the coalition agreement.

It is still unclear exactly how much money Transport Minister Camiel Eurlings estimates is necessary for the Action plan for Rails in the coming years. Head of the Netherlands Railways NS Aad Veenman said at the end of August that the state would have to earmark a total of EUR 8 billion in the coming decade to double rail capacity on the busiest routes, construct more rail stretches for trains to overtake one another, and extend platforms at stations.

NS is itself investing billions in new equipment. It will primarily be buying more double-decker trains. With the billions of investment from both the NS and state, trains should in future be able to run without a fixed schedule. Six intercity trains and six local trains would run on each of the most important routes in and around the Randstad on a metro-like timetable. 

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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