No new rail connection to Geleen, the Netherlands

There will be no new rail connection with Chemelot, in the south of the Netherlands. The plan to build a new rail connection south of the industrial area near Geleen has been considered too expensive. This was announced by the province of Limburg on Wednesday. The construction of this railway line was initially planned for this year.

Currently, the industrial site in Chemelot can only be accessed by rail on the north side. This means that all southbound trains must make a detour via the northern route. This creates a lot of nuisance for residents along the track between Geleen and Sittard.

Budget exceeded

In order to reduce nuisance, the shunting of trains and the safety risks, a plan was formed in 2011 to build a new railway south of Chemelot. A budget of 25 million euros was allocated, to be paid by the national government, the province, the municipality of Sittard-Geleen and companies at Chemelot.

Now that this budget has been exceeded by at least five million euros, the lenders think it is too expensive and the plan has been canceled.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is editor of, online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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