Dutch rail freight carriers outraged over lack of government support
Image: Flickr. Frans Berkelaar
Rail carriers in the Netherlands are not compensated for the 12 per cent increase of track access charges, nor for the cost involved with the transformation to ERTMS. State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management Vivianne Heijnen said that she sees few possibilities for additional financial compensation for the time being, after concern was raised by politicians and the industry.
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Elderly infrastructur, not designed for todays traffic and speeds, has become too costly, as well for owners, public authorities as for operators – and for clients.
For added edge of railway freight, now remains, “steering”, costs imposed upon clients of the other available mode… This is not good for anybody!
A New Old Railway, now is requested! With added capacity and utilisation of assets, charges can be reduced, a win win…