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Dutch, Belgian parliaments demand answers on high-speed chaos

Friday 18 January 2013

Dutch and Belgian parliamentary transport committees plan to hold a joint session to get to the bottom of problems with the high-speed train service Fyra between Amsterdam and Brussels.

The service has been beset by technical problems and delays since its launch in December and is currently suspended because of damage to trains caused by ice and snow.

The heads of both the Dutch and Belgian railways will be called to appear before the committees. The high-speed train replaced the traditional intercity service and there is no other direct connection between the two cities.

Passengers currently wishing to travel between the Netherlands and Belgium are being bussed over part of the route.

Earlier stories
Fyra services cancelled because of snow damage
High speed train service Fyra still running late
More problems for Fyra high-speed service
European MPs to get sharp discounts on Fyra high-speed service
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 is what happens when you buy the cheapest trains available. How they can justify the ticket prices I'll never know.

By groverpm | 18 January 2013 5:35 PM

Melanie must go.

By Kevin | 19 January 2013 6:49 PM

@groverpm: train prices are rarely worked out according to the value, they are assessed mostly on how much they assume people will be willing to pay: this most certainly applies to medical & dental costs! :P

By The visitor | 19 January 2013 11:33 PM

I can't believe the so-called high speed service can't exist alongside the regular intercity. This is so obviously a hoax!

By phantom | 21 January 2013 10:39 AM

Here here, it's ridiculous.

By Sophie Cairns | 21 January 2013 12:15 PM

@phantom: there isn't enough space available on the tracks between Antwerpen and Brussels; and between Schiphol and Amsterdam Centraal, to operate 2 trains to Belgium like that.

By A.L. | 21 January 2013 12:18 PM

Just lucky there are no mountains at the border. I cannot imagine how things would be if the trains would have to cross tunnels and slopes.

By joanna | 21 January 2013 1:40 PM

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