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The Netherlands is connected to the European high-speed rail network with one dedicated high-speed line and improved traditional rail. A second dedicated high-speed line is being considered, but the plan has been put on hiatus.

Two high-speed train services currently operate in the Netherlands: Thalys and InterCityExpress (ICE). Thalys started operating on the HSL-Zuid on 13 December 2009. Additionally, late 2010, NS Hispeed and NMBS/SNCB plan to start operations through their Fyra service[1].

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HSL-Zuid

HSL-Zuid, connected to Antwerp with the HSL 4

HSL-Zuid (Dutch: Hogesnelheidslijn Zuid, English: High-Speed Line South) is a 125km high-speed railway line in the Netherlands. Using existing tracks from Amsterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport, the dedicated high-speed line begins here and continues to Rotterdam Centraal and to the Belgian border. Here, it connects to the HSL 4, terminating at Antwerpen-Centraal.[2] Den Haag Centraal (The Hague) and Breda are connected to the high-speed line by conventional railway lines.[3] 160 km/h services on the HSL-Zuid are scheduled to begin 7 September 2009 between Amsterdam and Rotterdam[4]. Late 2009, it is expected to be served by Thalys trains from Amsterdam to Brussels and Paris[5], and late 2010, by Fyra trains serving all HSL-Zuid stations between Amsterdam Centraal and Brussel-Zuid/Bruxelles-Midi. [6]

Stations

The HSL-Zuid serves the following stations:

HSL-Oost

HSL-Oost (Dutch: Hogesnelheidslijn-Oost, English: High-Speed Line East) is the name of a proposed high-speed line from Amsterdam into Germany via the Dutch cities of Utrecht and Arnhem. The scope of the project has now been reduced, but it is expected that German ICE trains will be able to travel at 200 km/h from Amsterdam to Utrecht in the near future.

In 2009, a new feasibility study for the HSL-Oost after the year 2020 is promised by Minister of Transport, Public Works and Water Management Camiel Eurlings.[7]

References

  1. ^ "Fyra brand for Amsterdam – Brussels high speed". Railway Gazette International. 2009-07-07. http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/single-view/view//fyra-brand-for-amsterdam-brussels-high-speed.html.  
  2. ^ The Line. HSL-Zuid Project Organisation. Retrieved on 2009-07-10.
  3. ^ Transport. HSL-Zuid Project Organisation. Retrieved on 2009-07-10.
  4. ^ (Dutch) HSL vanaf 7 september in gebruik (2009-07-09). NRC Handelsblad. Retrieved on 2009-07-10.
  5. ^ (Dutch) 2009, de metamorfose van Thalys (2009-01-08). Thalys. Retrieved on 2009-07-14.
  6. ^ Welcome to Fyra. NS Hispeed/NMBS. Retrieved on 2009-07-10.
  7. ^ (Dutch) Kamer dwingt studie naar hsl-oost af







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