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Patrick Buck - Articles and news items

Large station projects and developments in the Netherlands

Issue 4 2008, Past issues / 1 August 2008 /

Passenger traffic in the Netherlands has grown by approximately 3% over recent years and it is expected to continue increasing in the foreseeable future. There are many stations in the Netherlands, a large proportion of which were built after the Second World War and they lack the capacity to cope with the expected growth. Old tunnels and walkways are too narrow, platforms are too short and station halls are too small. The modern-day traveler expects a high level of convenience, comfort and visual appearance. ProRail, the Dutch railway manager and builder, is currently working in close cooperation with several parties to ensure the modernisation and development of eight major stations and their immediate surroundings.

The Betuweroute

Issue 1 2005, Past issues / 2 March 2005 /

In part 1 of his article on the Betuweroute project, Patrick Buck looks at the background and characteristics of the route.