No price increase for train travellers in Netherlands
Dutch Railways do not have to pay an additional 20 percent annual fee to the ProRail, says Netherlands Competition Authority.12 June 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - Train travellers have been temporarily spared a price rise of three percent, thanks to a decision by the Netherlands Competition Authority.
Dutch Railways (NS) had issued a formal complaint about ProRail's demand for an additional 20 percent on top of the EUR 150 million that NS already pays annually for its use of the rail network.
ProRail, which manages the physical network, was demanding more money because the NS had said that it wanted to increase its train capacity.
However, the Competition Authority declared the demand in violation of the Railways Act and ruled that the NS did not have to pay the additional fee. The fee would have been passed on to the train passengers.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]