High-speed train officials meet, minister blames teething problems

Senior railway officials from the Netherlands and Belgium are meeting on Friday in an effort to solve the problems facing the high-speed train service Fyra, according to media reports.

Since last Sunday, the Fyra service has provided the only direct link between Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Brussels but has been beset by cancellations and delays.
On Thurday, Dutch MPs debated the problems with junior infrastructure minister Wilm Mansveld, who said it was still to early to draw any conclusions. ‘But if the problems continue, I will talk to the companies concerned,’ Mansveld said.
The Hague
MPs are also angry that The Hague is not a stop on the high-speed line and there is no direct link between the political capital and Brussels. This breaks earlier agreements. The Hague city council is currently exploring alternative options to create a permanent link.
In addition, a majority of MPs want changes to the compulsory reservation system which the Fyra operates, which make it impossible to turn up and get on a train and causes problems with missed connections.
Mansveld said she is not in a position to force train companies to scrap the reservation rule, introduced to ensure all passengers had a seat – necessary for safety reasons.
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