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  • Signals (Photo ProRail)

    New Generation Signals delay Dutch rail projects


    NETHERLANDS: Infrastructure manager ProRail has announced delays to rail enhancement projects as a result of problems approving its New Generation Signals. The New Generation Signals are smaller than older designs, and safety testing has identified visibility problems in certain circumstances. This will prevent their use ...

  • Amsterdam Centraal

    Start-up announces Amsterdam to London and Paris high speed train ambitions


    Source: Nikolay/Pixabay EUROPE: A proposal to launch high speed train services from Amsterdam to London and from Groningen to Paris has been announced by Dutch start-up Heuro, while Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson is also reported to be looking at competing with Eurostar on cross-Channel routes. ...

  • Nijmegen – Roermond upgrade

    Nijmegen – Roermond upgrading and electrification contract awarded


    NETHERLANDS: Infrastructure manager ProRail has awarded Swietelsky Rail Benelux a contract to upgrade, partly double-track and electrify the 88 km Nijmegen – Roermond line. The Maaslijn is one of the longest and most intensively used diesel-operated single-track lines in the Netherlands, with the Arriva-operated services carrying ...

  • Arriva Stadler Wink multiple-unit in the Netherlands

    Deutsche Bahn to sell Arriva Group to I Squared


    EUROPE: German national railway Deutsche Bahn has signed an agreement to sell the whole of Arriva Group to infrastructure investment manager I Squared Capital. The transaction announced on October 19 is expected to complete in 2024, subject to customary closing conditions including the approval of the ...

  • Eurostar Thalys merger brand reveal (2)

    CEO sets out how the merged Eurostar business aims to go further


    EUROPE: ‘We are opening a new chapter of the Eurostar story’ with ‘our most loyal customers as the main characters’, Eurostar CEO Gwendoline Cazenave said at an event on October 9 marking the launch of an international marketing campaign following the completion of the merger with Thalys.

  • Rotterdam tram
    Metro Report International

    Energy bank to boost tramway power supply


    NETHERLANDS: The use of an ‘energy bank’ to reinforce a tramway power supply without needing to build a substation is to be piloted in Rotterdam from December. The energy bank will be installed at the Posthumalaan turning loop, which is currently only used at times of ...

  • Photo 2 - New Lankhorst Rail KLP Sleepers installed by the RUS 1000

    Composite sleepers installed in damp Dutch tunnel


    NETHERLANDS: Lankhorst Rail has supplied 6 000 KLP Hybrid Polymer Sleepers for use in a tunnel where wooden sleepers have been affected by damp and concrete sleepers are too heavy. Lankhorst believes the renewal work in the Willemsspoor tunnel under the Nieuwe Maas in Rotterdam to ...

  • ProRail and Network Rail

    Infrastructure managers continue technology co-operation


    EUROPE: British and Dutch railway infrastructure managers Network Rail and ProRail have signed a memorandum of understanding for continued co-operation in areas including automated inspection, acoustic monitoring using fibre optic cables, digitisation, asset management, measurement trains and embankment stability. The MoU signed in Den Haag on ...

  • NS ICNG at Rotterdam Centraal station (Photo NS)

    Commission says Dutch train operating contract would not comply with EU rules


    NETHERLANDS: The European Commission says Dutch government plans to directly award state incumbent NS a 10-year public service contract to operate most passenger train services are not compliant with EU rules. The Commission has opened an infringement procedure, saying the Netherlands has failed to correctly apply ...

  • Eurostar to Amsterdam

    Swiss help sought to keep Eurostar running to Amsterdam


    NETHERLANDS: A Swiss firm has been commissioned to assist with finding a way of enabling Eurostar services to continue to run during a major refurbishment of Amsterdam Centraal station. The planned works mean that areas of the station which Eurostar uses to undertake the border and ...

  • Amsterdam Centraal

    Qbuzz and Flixtrain plan international open access services from the Netherlands


    NETHERLANDS: Qbuzz has applied to competition authority Autoriteit Consument & Markt for permission to operate seven Amsterdam – Berlin and seven Amsterdam – Antwerpen – Brussels – Paris open access passenger services from January 2027, plus two trains per hour from Amsterdam to Eindhoven. The international ...

  • European Sleeper train

    European Sleeper announces third funding round


    EUROPE: Night train start-up European Sleeper has announced a third funding round to enable it to ’reach more travellers, offer more destinations, and provide an even better service onboard’. European Sleeper’s first train ran between Berlin, Amsterdam and Brussels on May 25, and on June 7 ...

  • Arriva Wink train

    Netherlands – Belgium – France open access train service planned


    EUROPE: Arriva Nederland has applied for permission to launch an open access passenger service from the north of the Netherlands to Belgium and Paris.

  • Eurostar London to Amsterdam train

    Eurostar seeks solution to avoid suspension of Amsterdam – London services


    NETHERLANDS: The CEO of Eurostar has met with Dutch officials to discuss the future of services from London to Amsterdam, after Infrastructure Secretary Vivianne Heijnen said operations may have to be suspended for up to 11 months. In a letter to the Dutch parliament on June ...

  • European Sleeper founders Elmer van Buuren and Chris Engelsman with Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Georges Gilkinet

    European Sleeper begins operations with Berlin – Brussels night train


    EUROPE: Night train start-up European Sleeper has begun passenger operations, providing an overnight rail connection between Brussels and Berlin for the first time since 2008. The inaugural service left Berlin Gesundbrunnen on May 25, engineering works having prevented the use of Hauptbahnhof. The train comprised 11 ...

  • NS CAF Sprinter New Generation EMU (Photo NS) (2)

    Sprinter New Generation EMU deliveries completed


    NETHERLANDS: National passenger operator NS has put into service the last of 206 Sprinter New Generation electric multiple-units ordered from CAF. CAF beat Alstom to win the SNG contract, with a €500m firm order placed in December 2014 for 68 three-car and 50 four-car units based ...

  • Transport Logistic freight skills event

    Dutch rail freight community launches skills drive


    EUROPE: More needs to be done to attract younger people to work in the sector, representatives of the Dutch rail freight industry said at the Transport Logistic trade fair in München. The announcement on May 9 was co-ordinated by Rail Cargo Information Netherlands and partners to ...

  • nl Keolis

    Keolis picked to run Valleilijn services


    NETHERLANDS: The province of Gelderland has selected Keolis Nederland to operate Valleilijn services between Amersfoort and Ede-Wageningen via Barneveld for 13 years from the December 2023 timetable change. The line is currently operated by Transdev subsidiary Connexxion, using a fleet of five Protos EMUs supplied by ...

  • Rotterdam metro Line B at Hoek van Holland Strand
    Metro Report International

    Metro reaches the seaside with Hoek van Holland Strand opening


    NETHERLANDS: The final 2·1 km section of RET metro Line B to the seaside station at Hoek van Holland Strand has opened, enabling people to reach the beach from the centre of Rotterdam in around 40 min.

  • Freightliner Poland loco

    Genesee & Wyoming appoints Tim Shoveller as UK/Europe CEO


    EUROPE: Genesee & Wyoming Inc has appointed Tim Shoveller as CEO of its UK/Europe operations.