Hilversum train platforms re-built too high

17th March 2011, Comments 2 comments

The train platforms at Hilversum station are eight centimetres too high according to new European rail standards. To make up the difference, construction to raise the tracks will begin this summer.

The radical move to raise the rails is said to be “economically smarter” than lowering the platforms, said Dutch rail network ProRail.

“Everything is designed to improve access for wheelchairs and prams. In the case of Hilversum, we chose to increase the rail height,” ProRail spokesperson Elles in ‘t Hout said.  “That was the best solution because the station was just rebuilt.”

The station’s renovation was part of the Accessibility Implementation plan from ProRail and the Dutch Railways NS launched in 2008. The aim is to improve platforms and elevator services at 60 percent of Dutch rail stations by 2030. The project costs an estimated 450 million euros.

Hilversum station’s renovation and expansion was completed in April 2009. At that time, the new European standards were not known. 


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