Prorail has increased the number of trains between Eindhoven and Dordrecht. That is one of the most important changes in the new schedule the national railway management agency announced on Monday. The new timetable starts on 15 December.
The new timetable will no longer operate by the minute, but instead, by ten-second intervals. According to ProRail, the advantage of this is that trains can be planned more accurately, so that “more space is created on the busy Dutch railway lines”.
Another change is that they will start using longer freight trains. At present, freight trains are on average 650m long. In some cases, they will be lengthened up to 740m. According to ProRail, this makes it possible to better compete with road transport.
They performed trials to test freight trains of this length. ProRail says these went well. In 2016, trains transported 42 million tonnes of freight. The goal is to transport 61 million tonnes of goods by rail by 2030.
Source: Omroep Brabant
Translator: Nicole Cullinan
Editor: Melinda Walraven