Rail network is short and busy
In terms of the population the Netherlands has the shortest rail network in the EU, the Volkskrant reports.4 March 2008
VOORBURG – In terms of the population the Netherlands has the shortest rail network in the EU, the Volkskrant reports. All in all there are 2,810 km of track, including the Betuweroute put into operation last year. The Dutch rail network is also one of the busiest.
Statistics Netherlands (CBS) has calculated that the length of the rail network has increased by just 5 percent since 1982. In addition to the Betuweroute, the Flevolijn (opened in the late 1980s) also contributed to the growth.
More and more routes are being operated on two or more parallel tracks. This allows trains to overtake each other and more traffic is possible. The Netherlands has 918 km of single lane tracks and 1,892 km of multiple lane tracks. The number of multiple lane tracks has increased by 23 percent.
Passenger transport accounts for 93 percent of all kilometres travelled. Freight transport accounts for the remaining capacity. This division differs significantly from the EU average (79 percent travellers and 21 percent freight transport). Heavy freight, like oil, coal and iron ore, is often transported in the Netherlands by inland waterway.
In Europe Germany has the most extensive network, with more than 38,000 km of tracks, followed by France (almost 31,000 km). The 25 EU countries have a total of 200,619 km of railway tracks between them.
[Copyright Expatica News 2008]