Weather
13 °C

Search form

Powered by xpats.com

You are here

Recent articles

Sep 4, 2015

More than 200,000 people visited the Brussels Atomium this summer.

Sep 4, 2015

There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak: Works on the Schuman metro and railway sta...

Sep 4, 2015

More than 1,000 farmers are expected to arrive in Brussels by tractor on Monday to take part in a...

Sep 4, 2015

Brussels mobility minister Pascal Smet is investigating whether UberX satisfies the city's...

Belgium’s Fyra announcement causes ripples in the Netherlands

Jun 4, 2013
0

The political impact of Belgium's decision to drop the Fyra high speed trains service continued to unfold on Monday, with Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem saying it is 'too early' to pull the plug, reports Dutch News. However, Dutch railway company NS is also keen to abandon the project, sources have told Nos television. But Dijsselbloem said on Monday he wanted to know 'the options, risks and financial consquences' of pulling the plug on the high-speed project. Fyra services are currently suspended because of safety concerns. One report says the final bill to the government could be as much as €500m. On Monday morning it emerged the head of NS has resigned in the wake of the chaos. Bert Meerstadt, who had been part of the NS board for 12 years, will stand down on October 1. He said he “wants to find a good transport solution between the Netherlands and Belgium” before he stands down.

The future of the high-speed rail link between Amsterdam and Brussels was thrown into confusion on Friday evening after the Belgian national railway company said it is pulling out of the project. High-speed train services between the two capitals began last December and all intercity services were stopped. But the Fyra service was dogged by problems and was suspended earlier this year. On Friday afternoon, Belgian rail operator SNCB/NMBS said it was pulling out of the Fyra project because of a string of technical problems, ranging from loose components, rust and leaks in the snow. It is not yet clear why the Belgians decided to go public with their decision on Friday or why the two companies did not present their findings jointly. The NS plans to publish its report on the Fyra problems in mid-June.

Events & Social

Enrich your social life!

Upcoming

5 Sep
05.09.2015
Brussels
by ATC improv
6 Sep
06.09.2015
Woluwe-Saint-Pierre
by Royal Thai Embassy
6 Sep
06.09.2015
Jette
by Classic @ the Abbey

Popular

7 Sep
07.09.2015
Auderghem
by Agora-Life & Relationship Improvement Center
26 Sep
26.09.2015
Paris
by Advent Group
3 Nov
03.11.2015
Auderghem
by Agora-Life & Relationship Improvement Center

Local offers

Great deals & discounts

Twitter