Huge investment in rail confirmed

The €4.5bn extra investment in the Dutch railway network announced last November has been confirmed, sources from the transport ministry told the Telegraaf on Saturday.

The official announcement will be made when the government presents its 2009 spending plans on September 16.
Transport minister Camiel Eurlings has earmarked the money for the period until 2020. The aim is to increase the number of passengers by 5% per year and to create extra capacity between Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague and between Arnhem and North Brabant.
At the same time, Dutch Rail (NS) is to invest billions in new trains and developing new stations.
The Dutch railway system is one of the busiest in the world, reports news agency ANP.

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