MPs debate Fyra high-speed replacement plans

The replacement of the Fyra high-speed train service from Amsterdam to Brussels by more intercity trains and Thalys and Eurostar services is being debated by MPs on Monday.

Junior transport minister Wilma Mansveld has already approved the plan but needs the support of parliament to put it into practice.

MPs are expected to back the proposal although many have their doubts, Nos television said.

Some are concerned about the expensive tickets offered by Thalys while others say alternative Dutch train firms such as Arriva should be given the opportunity to take over the high-speed contract.

The Fyra services were pulled earlier this year because of technical problems. NS, the Belgian national railway group and Fyra’s makers AnsaldoBreda are currently embroiled in several legal cases surrounding the cancellation of the contracts.

According to the Telegraaf, the fee Thalys will pay NS to use the Dutch high-speed tracks will be well below the €101m NS is contracted to pay the Dutch state. MPs also want clarification about the financial consquences, news agency ANP said.

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