Track operator ProRail faces €475m shortfall

Aerial view of Dutch train at a bridge crossing a canalProRail, the state-owned company, is facing a shortfall of €475m for projects which it is supposed to complete between 2018 and 2028, junior transport minister Wilma Mansveld has told parliament.

ProRail has more spending plans than there is cash available in the infrastructure fund, Mansveld, who has been under fire for her handling of ProRail, said.

ProRail is now looking at ways to cut costs, including making the railway network less complicated and carrying out more maintenance tasks during the day. This would have a serious impact on passengers, news agency ANP points out.

The Dutch state railways are divided into two divisions. NS is responsible for passenger services and ProRail for keeping the tracks in good working order.

Details on how ProRail plans to solve its cash shortage will be published next year, ANP says.

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