Rotterdam Amsterdam high speed train still fails to pull in passengers
Friday 03 September 2010
The high speed train service between Rotterdam and Amsterdam is still carrying an average of just 75 passengers per trip, train operator NS Hispeed is quoted as saying in Friday's AD.
The high speed link cost €7bn to build. During rush hour, carriages are half full but outside peak periods the train is almost empty, the paper says.
NS Hispeed spokesman Ronald Stevens told the paper the company expected passenger numbers to increase once the frequency is increased from once per hour to four times.
The Fyra train is capable of speeds of up to 250 kph but does not reach that yet because of safety concerns, the AD says.
In March, NS Hispeed scrapped the higher fee which commuters with a Dutch Rail season ticket were being charged for using the high speed train.