Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Minister of Transport Lied About High Speed Train Line

A new book by Marcel van Silfhout and Andries van den Berg, titled Die Ontsporing, claims that the then-Minister of Transport, Tineke Netelenbos, lied when she said that the high speed line had to be put out to a public contract according to European rules.  When the bid proposal was put out, the Dutch railways (NS) were afraid to lose the contract and put in a far too high bid of 178 million Euro per year. The result was that they then had to buy cheap trains from AnsaldoBreda.  The Fyra trains that were supplied had too many problems and ultimately were returned to the manufacturers.

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