Dutch high-speed line launched on 7 September
The Amsterdam-Rotterdam journey time will be shorten by 20 minutes.The Netherlands – The ministry of transport, the NS Hispeed and ProRail companies announced Thursday the Netherlands’ high-speed railway line (HSL) will open on 7 September.
Trains will ride between Amsterdam and Rotterdam and be able to reach speeds of up to 160 kilometres per hour, some 30 kilometres an hour faster than the current intercity trains.
This means that a journey from Amsterdam to Rotterdam will be 21 minutes shorter and last just 43 minutes.
Plans for high-speed trains to travel between Amsterdam and the Belgian capital Brussels in 2007 failed to materialise, due to problems with security, equipment and infrastructure.
It is now expected that a high-speed connection between the cities will open in the second half of 2010. When it does, trains built by the Italian firm AnsaldoBreda will reach speeds of up 250 kilometres per hour.
By the end of 2010, trains using high-speed rails between Paris, London, Cologne and Amsterdam, will be able to reach speeds of up to 300 kilometres per hour and reduced travelling time considerably.
Radio Netherlands / Expatica