Photo: Rob van Ee

NETHERLANDS: The first of six Stadler Flirt 3 electric multiple-units ordered by Abellio to operate services on the Gouda – Alphen aan den Rijn route arrived at NedTrain’s Leidschendam depot on December 3.

In 2014 the province of Zuid-Holland awarded NS Reizigers and Abellio Rail NRW GmbH a contract to operate passenger services on the 18 km route, which forms part of the R-net network. The contract is due to commence on December 11 2016, when Abellio will take over from incumbent operator NS, and will run for 15 years.