ProRail fends off criticism

4th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

4 April 2007, AMSTERDAM – Rail infrastructure manager ProRail has dismissed criticism that problems on the rails are getting out of hand.

4 April 2007

AMSTERDAM – Rail infrastructure manager ProRail has dismissed criticism that problems on the rails are getting out of hand.

"Every disruption is one too many, but we shouldn't lose sight of the fact that the availability of the Dutch railways is 99 percent," said a spokesperson for ProRail.

"Switzerland is the only European country doing any better, but they spend three times as much on rail infrastructure."

The spokesperson also pointed out that the Netherlands has the busiest railways and that it is difficult to find the time to carry out the necessary (maintenance) works: "The tracks have to be accessible for passenger traffic during the day, and for cargo transport at night."

Problems on the tracks can only be solved more quickly if political priorities are shifted, the spokesperson said. Maintenance could be carried out in a more timely manner if train traffic is stopped entirely for longer periods of time than is usual now, for instance.

But that would greatly inconvenience train travellers, and so is probably not an option.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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