THE former CEOs of Netherlands Railways (NS) and Veolia Netherlands have gone on trial at the Court of Justice in 's-Hertogenbosch accused of corruption, fraud, forgery, and the leaking of confidential commercial information during the tendering of regional rail and bus services in the province of Limburg.
THE troubled procurement of regional train and bus services in the Dutch province of Limburg overcame its final legal obstacle on April 14 when incumbent operator Veolia Transport Nederland dropped its appeal against the decision to award the concession to Arriva.
THE government of the Dutch province of Limburg has decided that it will not launch a new tender for 15-year concession to operate train and bus services in the region and Arriva will take over the operation of the network as planned at the end of next year.
THE Dutch province of Limburg has awarded Arriva a 15-year concession to operate regional rail and bus services after the discovery of irregularities in the tendering process led to the disqualification of the preferred bidder, Netherlands Railways (NS) subsidiary Abellio.
NETHERLANDS Railways (NS) has intervened in the management of its subsidiaries Qbuzz and Abellio after uncovering what it describes as "serious irregularities" during an internal compliance investigation into tendering for a major regional rail and bus concession in the Dutch province of Limburg.
Low-price long-distance buses are proving stern competition to rail operations across Germany to the extent that Veolia's InterConnex service was withdrawn in December. Christian Schreyer, Veolia Verkehr's CEO, outlined his views on the situation to Kevin Smith.
VEOLIA Transport has sent an open letter to German federal transport minister Mr Alexander Dobrindt calling for the end of discrimination against rail in the German transport market, particularly in the long-distance arena, where trains have faced an onslaught from cheaper buses since the liberalisation of the German bus market in January 2013.