Ticket price cuts boost Fyra high-speed train service

Use of the high-speed train Fyra between Amsterdam and Rotterdam has more than doubled since the supplementary fee was slashed, according to NS figures.

In the last quarter of 2010, 215,000 people used the train, but that rose to 550,000 in the first three months of 2011.
In January, the supplement was scrapped altogether and in February and March it was cut from €6 to €2.10.
In February, transport minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen warned the company charged with operating high speed trains in the Netherlands is in financial trouble and action needs to be taken to avoid bankruptcy.
The company, High Speed Alliance, is 90% owned by the Dutch national railways NS and 10% by Air France-KLM. They won sole operating rights 10 years ago, well before the track was completed.

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