Agreement on Iron Rhine rail link

18th November 2008, Comments 1 comment

The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany agree to re-open a rail line despite environmental concerns.

18 November 2008

AMSTERDAM - Ministers from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany agreed to construct a tunnel under the Limburg nature reserve De Meinweg, so that a railway line linking the Belgian port of Antwerp and Germany can be re-opened.

The line, known as the 'Iron Rhine' was not used since 1991. In 2003 Belgium filed a complaint with the Permanent Court of Arbitration to force the Netherlands to cooperate in re-opening the railway line.

The Netherlands is not pleased with the project because it affects the Limburg nature reserve.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

1 Comment To This Article

  • G posted:

    on 18th November 2008, 16:57:27 - Reply

    Or they are against because it makes Antwerp port more competitive for German Markets?!