Trains will run between Amsterdam, Utrecht and Eindhoven without timetables from 2010, Dutch Rail’s network management arm ProRail told Friday’s Volkskrant.
The system will be introduced on the rest of the central railway network from 2012, ProRail chairman Bert Klerk told the paper.
The number of trains travelling between the cities will also be increased so passengers never have to wait more than 10 minutes for a train. ‘In fact it will be a metro-like system,’ Klerk said.
Dutch Rail (NS) welcomed the news, saying it supported the concept of timetable-free train travel. ‘But the number of trains will depend on market demand,’ said an NS spokesman. ‘Amsterdam-Eindhoven is a popular route so an increase in frequency is certainly a possibility.’
The Amsterdam-Haarlem-Rotterdam and Utrecht-Arnhem services could also be timetable-free, ProRail said.
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