topics
tools
Expatica countries
Index Last Var.(%)
BEL 20 3083.51 0.32
DAX 9605.08 0.17
IBEX 30 10058.5 -1.04
CAC 40 4387.61 -0.20
FTSE 100 6806.86 -0.05
AEX 397.5 -0.20
DJIA 16272.65 0.46
Nasdaq 4318.933 0.63
FTSE MIB 20298.33 -0.11
TSX Composite 14214.35 0.18
ASX 5415.4 -0.10
Hang seng 22836.96 0.04
Straits Times 3110.78 0.45
ISEQ 20 836.3 0.23
EUR / USD 1.37976 0.67
EUR / GBP 0.82571 0.59
USD / GBP 0.598544 -0.10
Gold 1329.6 -0.13
Oil 108.9 -0.76
Silver 21.28 0.08
You are here: Home News Dutch News Opposition calls for parliamentary enquiry into Fyra...
Enlarge font Decrease font Text size


22/01/2013Opposition calls for parliamentary enquiry into Fyra high-speed trains

Opposition MPs are calling for a full-blown parliamentary enquiry into the problems surrounding the Fyra high-speed train service, the AD reports on Tuesday.

While the ruling Labour party think it too soon, MPs from the VVD Liberal party 'do not want to rule out any option', the paper says, meaning there may be majority support.

'It is high time we had an in-depth investigation into the role of the government when the contracts were awarded,' D66 parliamentarian Stientje van Veldhoven told the paper. 'There is a reason the Fyra story is being named the biggest railway chaos on one track ever.'

Multiple years

CDA MP Sander de Rouwe told the paper mistake after mistake has been made. 'All in all, the damage runs into billions,' he said. 'We have had enquiries into events involving far less money.'

Fyra services were suspended last week because three trains were damaged by ice and snow. But there have been continual problems since the service was launched in early December, replacing intercity services between Amsterdam and Brussels.

On Monday, the Belgian railway authority NMBS, jointly responsible for Fyra with the Dutch, said it was bringing back a direct link between Roosendaal and Antwerp.

Train design

The NMBS has also given the Italian train builder, AnsaldoBreda, three months to solve the problems.

The NS has ordered 16 trains from AnsaldoBreda, which has so far delivered nine. None of the three Belgian trains have yet been delivered but 55% of the total cost of €60m has been paid, the NRC reported.

According to the Volkskrant, the contracting process for the high-speed trains generated just two offers - from French firm Alstom and from AnsaldoBreda. Both firms were in financial trouble and needed the orders, the paper says.

AnsaldoBreda, which won the contract, had no experience in building high-speed trains.

Anstrom built the high-speed Thalys trains which use the same track as the Fyra but have a far better punctuality record.



© DutchNews.nl




0 reactions to this article

0 reactions to this article

 
Discussion Forums

Housing in the Netherlands

the Diplomats Clause...

Americans in the Netherlands

Jobs for Americans and marriage

Legal Problems in the Netherlands

Question about Paternal Acknowledgement/Rights

Family life in the Netherlands

Nanny required in Barneveld

Legal Problems in the Netherlands

Really difficult situation at work

participate in the forums

 
 
 
 
 
Inside Expatica
Setting up home in the Netherlands

Setting up home in the Netherlands

A guide to telephone, internet and television along with utility services water, electricity and gas in the Netherlands.

Dutch immigration and residency regulations

Dutch immigration and residency regulations

Lost in the Dutch immigration system? Look no further than this guide compiled for our Survival Guide 2012.

A brief introduction to the Netherlands

A brief introduction to the Netherlands

Expatica offers a whistle-stop tour of life in the modern Netherlands.

Giving birth in the Netherlands

Giving birth in the Netherlands

The challenges and benefits of the maternity system in the Netherlands and how it differs to other countries.