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European MPs to get sharp discount on Fyra high-speed trains

Thursday 06 December 2012


Members of the European parliament are to get hefty discounts when they use the Fyra high-speed train service, the Parool reports on Thursday.

The deal has been agreed between the Dutch and Belgian train operators, the paper says.

The discount means MEPs will pay €54 for a return between Amsterdam and Brussels, half the normal price and about the same as the current fare between the two cities without the high-speed service. MEPs can also claim work-related travel on expenses.

'Ordinary' people will be able to buy a return for €50 if they book well in advance, the paper says. However, these cheapest fares sell out quickly.

From December 9, the Fyra will be the only direct service between Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Brussels, much to the anger of passenger and student groups. There will no longer be any direct train service between The Hague and Brussels.

Earlier stories
The Hague makes urgent appeal to keep direct trains to Belgium
Train tickets to Belgium set to soar in price

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

This a a very pure form of bribery.

By Robert | 7 December 2012 7:51 AM

Buy off the decision makers--the double fare isn't coming out of their budget. Any time saved by hi-speed will be spent on connection trains to Rotterdam, taxis to and from Gare Midi in BXL. Our monthly trip to Den Haag will be cut to quarterly.

By Puck | 7 December 2012 8:08 AM

As long as those who can afford it most pay less, nothing will improve in this crisis. Come on fellow lemmings! Everyone over the fiscal cliff:-P

By Al | 7 December 2012 9:25 AM

MEPs have the money to pay for their tickets full fair and get it as a right off. While the average person has to find the means and money to travel. Who said life was fair?

By dee | 7 December 2012 9:25 AM

They are all rich enough to pay their own way.Is that not what they preach to us?If they can't afford a train ticket them I suggets you get on your bike like everyone else has to.

By jason buttle | 7 December 2012 9:56 AM

It is about time that all these Euro MPs stayed at home, and paid taxes like everyone else. All their business can be done via email, phone, fax and video conferencing. Perhaps once a month meetings at head office could be arranged. Their travel may be discounted, but regardless, I am paying for it along with their house, expenses, tax-free salaries and the buildings of the EU in Brussels. Send all the Euro MPs back home and save costs.

By jaycee | 7 December 2012 3:08 PM

As usual it's the "fat cats" who get the discounts. It seems it's always those with the most money who pay the least!

By Donaugh | 7 December 2012 3:10 PM

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