Growth in NS passengers slows down
The Dutch Railways saw 3 percent more passengers last year than in the previous year.15 February 2008
AMSTERDAM – The Dutch Railways saw 3 percent more passengers last year than in the previous year. The growth was a bit less robust than in 2006, when the company transported 5 percent more passengers than 2005.
The total number of passenger-kilometres travelled in the Netherlands rose to 15.5 billion in 2007, compared to 15.1 billion in 2006. Although growth has levelled off over the past year, NS CEO Aad Veenman said he was very satisfied with progress.
"It is encouraging that travelling by train is appealing to more and more people," said Veenman, who will leave the NS sometime this year. "In three years' time passenger transport has increased by 13 percent. That is an unprecedented achievement in the rail sector."
The Dutch railways booked profit on virtually all fronts in 2007. The major changes to the timetables in December 2006 clearly yielded results in 2007, Veenman said. NS also profited from increasing traffic congestion on the motorways, which prompted more commuters to take the train.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2008]
Subject: Dutch news