Late-night trains may stop

25th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

25 July 2005, UTRECHT – The railway sector is considering eliminating late-night trains to make track maintenance work possible during those hours, a Nederlandse Spoorwegen spokesperson said on Monday.

25 July 2005

UTRECHT – The railway sector is considering eliminating late-night trains to make track maintenance work possible during those hours, a Nederlandse Spoorwegen spokesperson said on Monday.

Consumer organisations say ending service earlier in the evenings is ‘extremely undesirable’.

The industry contends that maintenance must be done at night to improve safety.

Large amounts of track work is planned in the near future because of a backlog.

A trial period in which fewer trains ran on certain tracks in daytime was considered a failure last year as it caused too much inconvenience to travellers.

NS and railway management company ProRail came up with the new proposal, which they say will cause less trouble to customers.

They are also looking at an alternative plan to put one track at a time out of commission. All trains would then have to run on the remaining tracks.

The industry has not yet made a final decision on the maintenance schedule and will request further input from consumer organisations.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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