Dutch train.

NETHERLANDS: 'Prices in the market for renewals are under great pressure', said Strukton Rail on October 19, announcing a reorganisation under which the company's four regions will be reduced to two.

Around 350 jobs are to go across the country, and Strukton has started negotiations with its staff and unions over the proposed redundancies.

Noting that the company had invested considerable sums over the past five years to support a 'substantial' improvement in the quality of the Dutch rail network, Strukton Rail said new 'output-oriented' contracts for daily maintenance were characterised by low prices. It expressed concern about 'the current situation in which quality becomes subordinate to price'.