Netherlands: sleeper back on the rails
The overnight train will soon be back on the rails in the Netherlands. The sleeper disappeared a few years ago because the Dutch and German railway companies, NS International and Deutsche Bahn, considered it not profitable anymore.
As the train is seen today as a sustainable alternative for the airplane, and relieving the overcrowded airport of Schiphol is a necessity, NS wants to relaunch an overnight connection, together with the Austrian railway company ÖBB.
“ÖBB is going to extend its sleeper connection, Nightjet, to Amsterdam”, NS International’s spokesperson explains. “so Dutch passengers can travel overnight, lying in their beds, to countries in the Alps, Italy and Croatia.”
Cheaper and more comfortable
European railway company managers, united in EIM, European Rail Inframanagers, will gather on Wednesday in Amersfoort (Netherlands) to discuss practical matters: crossing the borders, technical aspects and safety. The also want tickets to be cheaper and easier to book.
Pier Eringa (ProRail), president of EIM, also is in favour of the overnight train. “A new generation is aware that the train is a good alternative for the airplane. They only need to be seduced by price, comfort, user-friendliness and attractive travelling times.