Parliamentary questions about ICEs that skip Arnhem Central: ‘Reliability must be better’ | NOW


The parliamentary group of GroenLinks has asked questions to Minister Sigrid Kraag (D66) of Finance about packed ICE trains that skip Arnhem Central station. According to GroenLinks MP Kauthar Bouchallikh, ‘everything must be done’ to prevent this in the future.

In recent months, it regularly happened that the German high-speed trains destined for Frankfurt or Basel were unable to make a stop at Arnhem Central. The trains were already too full, leaving no room for travelers in Arnhem to board. It was often only very shortly in advance that it was clear whether or not a stop was possible.

That is extremely bad for the support of train travel, GroenLinks believes. That party therefore wants Minister Kaag to urge the Dutch Railways (NS) to take measures ‘to improve the reliability and capacity of international train traffic’.

Some of these measures have already been taken recently, according to the NS. For example, it is currently not allowed to use the ICEs for domestic transport. According to the NS, the large crowds are also due to the popular 9 euro tickets, with which travelers could use German local trains all summer long for 9 euros. Because this was used a lot, passengers were sometimes forced to travel to ICEs.

The promotion with the 9 euro ticket is valid until next Wednesday. After that, the largest crowds will decrease, the NS expects. Finally, more carriages for ICEs will be available in the short term, so that more passengers can travel on the high-speed trains.


Source: NU by www.nu.nl.

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