Work on a new station building for Boxtel in the Netherlands began on September 9, undertaken by NS Railinfrabeheer as part of a programme to quadruple the Boxtel - Eindhoven route. The original station building, dating from 1872 and situated on an island platform, was demolished in July last year. Its replacement is expected to take 12 months to complete.

The new building has been designed by Wienke Scheltens of Holland Railconsult, and will feature a secure storage area for up to 650 bicycles as well as ticketing vending machines and a Wizzl convenience store selling refreshments and tickets. In contrast to its predecessor, reached via a subway or footbridge, the station will be accessed directly from an enlarged forecourt with a taxi rank, car parking and a covered facility accommodating up to 800 bicycles.

  • Following a successful 12-month trial at Utrecht CS of a personal audio system that provides both directions and train information for blind and partially-sighted passengers (RG 2.98 p87), NS Railinfrabeheer has begun discussions with local councils on installing similar systems to guide passengers between stations and town centres.