JOURNEY times for the hourly inter-city service between Amsterdam and Brussels were cut by half an hour on April 9, when trains were re-routed to run via the entire length of HSL South in the Netherlands and Belgium’s high-speed Line 4.
INFRASPEED, the PPP concessionaire responsible for maintaining HSL South, is seeking €10m in damages from the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure amid claims that use of conventional locomotives and rolling stock instead of lightweight high-speed trains on domestic services is causing excessive wear-and-tear on the track.
TRENITALIA confirmed on August 11 that it has acquired 17 of the 19 AnsaldoBreda V250 trains ordered by Netherlands Railways (NS) and Belgian National Railways (SNCB), which were rendered surplus by the collapse of the Amsterdam - Brussels Fyra high-speed service in 2013.
DUTCH secretary of state for infrastructure Mrs Wilma Mansveld resigned on October 28 following the publication of a report into the Fyra high-speed fiasco, which places the blame for the debacle squarely with various current and former government ministers as well as Netherlands Railways (NS) and Belgian National Railways (SNCB).
NETHERLANDS Railways (NS) has exercised an option with Bombardier for 18 additional class 186 Traxx multi-system locomotives, which will be used to operate 160km/h passenger services from Amsterdam to Rotterdam and The Hague via the HSL South high-speed line.