Train service speed-up plan criticised

Transport minister Camiel Eurlings’ plans to speed up train services in some parts of the country are badly thought through, according to a secret report quoted in Tuesday’s AD.

Some of Eurlings measures are a waste of money, others have not been costed or it is not clear if they will achieve their goal, the AD quotes the report as saying.
Eurlings has reserved €70m to spend on speeding up train services on a number of lines. He also wants to spend another €30m on increasing the maximum speed between Almere and Lelystad from 140 kph to 160 kph by 2012.
The report says there has been no research into whether the infrastructure can cope with the increased speeds or what the consequences would be for maintenance and safety.
The transport ministry told the paper it had not yet received the report and could not comment.

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