Dutch railway fined for late trains
The Dutch government on Wednesday imposed a provisional fine of two million euros (2.7 million dollars) on the Dutch national railway after it said too many trains arrived late in 2010.
A statement by the Infrastructure and Environment Ministry said the network failed to meet the "objectives set by the government."
"Too many trains were late and travellers were not satisfied with the information given and the number of seats available...." the statement said.
Acording to the railway, which carries over a million travellers every day, 92.5 percent of trains arrived on time in 2010, while the government's target was 93 percent.
"These delays can be explained by the extreme weather conditions at the start of 2010," said spokesman Ronald Stevens.
In 2009 when 92.8 percent of trains arrived on time, the railway saw its fine fixed at 1.8 million euros but reduced to 500,000 euros after it improved its performance.
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