500 jobs may go at The Hague public transport group

Some 500 jobs, 20% of the total, are set to go at The Hague public transport company HTM over the next 18 months because of government cuts, news agency ANP reports.

It is not yet clear what the affect on services will be.
The cabinet is cutting spending on public transport in The Hague, Rotterdam and Amsterdam by a total €120m.
In Amsterdam, city officials fear six of the 16 tram lines will be cut, as will 20 out of 44 bus routes, because of the cuts.
The government also want the three cities to put their public transport services out to tender. Bus, tram and metro services in the three cities will go on strike in early June in protest at the plans and the cuts.

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