Row brewing over high-speed routes
A row is brewing between Dutch Railways (NS) and its Belgian counterpart (NMBS) about the high-speed railway line following a briefing by transport minister Melanie Schultz to parliament on Tuesday afternoon.
Schultz says in the briefing she will not accept the latest proposal from NMBS and high-speed operator HSA because it does not fulfil undertakings made earlier. She wants the two organisations to come up with new proposals, report various press sources.
Originally, the organisations agreed to service the line The Hague-Breda-Brussels and to up the frequency on the Amsterdam-Brussels-Paris route from ten a day to 16.
They have now reneged on the agreement. In addition, the NMBS says it will only start running high-speed trains such as the Fyra between Amsterdam and Brussels if the Dutch transport ministry provides a bank guarantee.
Schultz says she will not consider this until ‘the question of the extra trains is unsolved’.
HSA is a subsidiary of NS and KLM and received millions of euros from the government last year to stave off bankruptcy.
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