Thursday, October 29, 2015

Damning parliamentary inquiry report on high-speed train failure.

A parliamentary inquiry led by Madeleine van Toorenburg (CDA) has published a damning report on the failure of the high speed train from Amsterdam to Brussels.  It mentions that the main bodies responsible for the failure are the Dutch State Railways (NS) and the various government members at the Ministries of Transport and later Infrastructure and Environment.  The commission concluded that the interests of the traveler were secondary to other issues.  The state was mainly interested in financial gain, the NS wanted to maintain its monopoly on the railways.  The report is entitled: “Traveler in the Cold”.  The report also says that the government negotiated far from intelligently in its dealings with Belgium, and that the Belgium and its railways have not acted as reliable partners. 

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