The high-speed train track between Amsterdam and Rotterdam will come into service on September 7, Dutch Rail said on Friday.
The first trains will travel at 160 km per hour, some 30 kph above current Intercity services. NS says the journey time between Amsterdam and Rotterdam will now be reduced from 54 minutes to 43 minutes.
NS said it hoped that proper high speed trains, travelling at up to 250 kph, will use the track from the second half of 2010. They are currently being built in Italy.
The high speed track should have come into service in 2007.
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