Railway projects money goes into roads budget

Billions of euros are being redirected away from major railway projects and into the government’s roads budget, according to sources in the rail sector and the infrastructure ministry.

For instance, the ‘high frequency line’, which would have allowed trains to run every ten minutes on the busiest lines, is highly likely to be scrapped, sources told the Telegraaf. €2.8bn was earmarked for this project.
The saving will be used for the new railway safety system Ertms instead. Work is due to begin in 2016 and it will cost at least €1bn.
Sources told the Telegraaf scrapping the ‘high frequency line’ would suit Dutch Rail (NS) because it would also have to invest millions in new trains.

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