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Frya enquiry will be held on Monday - in Belgium

Tuesday 22 January 2013

The joint enquiry by the Dutch and Belgian parliaments into the the problems surrounding the Fyra high-speed train service will be held on Monday in the Belgian senate in Brussels.

The heads of Dutch railways (NS) and Belgian railways (NMBS) will be invited to attend, reports news agency Novum. It is possible representatives of passenger organisations will also be in attendance, but this is not yet certain.

 

In the Netherlands, opposition MPs had called for a parliamentary enquiry into the situation but this was turned down on Tuesday by the governing Liberal VVD and Labour parties on the grounds it is too early for such a serious response.

 

On the carpet

 

As the row over the high-speed failings continued to spread, Dutch junior transport minister Wilma Mansveld has made it clear to NS officials the suspension of the Frya service is unacceptable.

 

Mansveld wants a direct rail link between Amsterdam and Brussels restored as soon as possible. This will probably mean reintroducing the Benelux intercity train which was taken out of service when the Fyra started running, according to media reports.

 

In the meantime, anyone from the Netherlands attending the Monday meeting in Brussels will have to travel via Breda.

Earlier stories
Opposition calls for parliamentary enquiry into Fyra high-speed trains
Fyra problems due to politicial choices

© DutchNews.nl



 

Readers' Comments

Frya train is just like the halogen oven I bought today, poorly manufactured!

I will return the oven tomorrow seeing as the lid does not close properly, what incompetence!

Perhaps the Dutch could invest in something already proven: http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/102008408

They make just about everything else, why not order this high-speed train from Japan? (A train without wheels.);)

By The visitor | 22 January 2013 7:33 PM

Yes, we want the intercity back! and we want it to run on TIME for a change!

By phantom | 23 January 2013 12:07 PM

@The visitor: note that the train without wheels (maglev) is magnetig and may not be boarded by persons with pacemaker (at least a quick search says that). This means that you would need a special service for certain people. not at all practical for an AMS-BRUX connection. Better the normal intercity :-)

By the_expat | 24 January 2013 11:52 AM

@expat: so how did the Japanese deal with the pacemaker problem? (The Dutch could not afford such a train system anyway :P)

By The visitor | 24 January 2013 3:13 PM

@the_Expat: actually, Maglevs pose no problems to pacemakers. Also noted in the article (on careful reading :)

@the_visitor: replacing the whole of HSL-Zuid with maglev will make this country go bankrupt :) .. Also, 1 or 2 commercial applications do not make Maglev an "already proven" technology

However I agree with your "keep it proven" suggestion: very simple: just hire some extra ICE sets from DB .. or rent out some Thalys sets to run on this line. These trains are already compatible. Alstom even has double-decker TGV/Thalys sets .. more seats => cheaper tickets !!

Proven technologies .. proven high-speed .. at reliable schedules. Why go for a brand-new hispeed train from a n00b manufacturer?

By Neil | 24 January 2013 3:39 PM

@the_expat: the old train had been in place for 52 years and it is time for it to be replaced with something better and faster. Faster should be always the aim for transportation projects.

By A.L. | 24 January 2013 8:12 PM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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