NS introduces new high-speed branch

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27 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – The NS is introducing a new high-speed train service under the name Hispeed, the Financieele Dagblad reports.

27 March 2007

AMSTERDAM – The NS is introducing a new high-speed train service under the name Hispeed, the Financieele Dagblad reports.

The railway company announced this today. NS Hispeed is the brand name under which the High Speed Alliance (HSA) will carry out its activities. NS has a 90-percent stake in HSA, while 10 percent is owner by KLM airlines.

Thalys, ICE and the new high-speed train operating on the HSL-Zuid line will all be part of Hispeed’s operations.

During a press presentation at the AutoRai automotive fair Nol Dobken, director of the HSA, said that that Hispeed expects to be carrying some 24 million passengers by 2010. The company also expects to have a 10-percent share of the market in the Schiphol-Rotterdam transport corridor.

The high-speed trains on the HSL-Zuid train will shorten the travelling time between Amsterdam and Rotterdam to 36 minutes. The trip from Amsterdam to Paris will take only 3 hours and 13 minutes. The first trains will be in operation on the HSL-Zuid line in December this year.

KLM bought a stake in the HSA in 2000 since the project is expected to increase the accessibility of Schiphol. KLM also wanted to ensure it would have more input in the so-called "air-rail product."

Hans de Roos, head of Alliances at KLM, said on Tuesday that the airline does not plan to increase its stake within the alliance with the NS.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

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