Dutch to run 1,600 more trains per week and double to Brussels

Starting December 15th, Dutch Railways NS plans to run 1,600 more weekly trains than the current timetable. The aim is to better and more often connect various regions of the Netherlands, both during the day and at earlier and later times. It is the most significant change for NS in years. The number of intercity trains between the Netherlands and Brussels would also double, from 16 to 32.

To serve the growing number of travelers between The Hague Central Station, Rotterdam Central Station, and Dordrecht, NS wants to introduce the Ten-MinuteSprinter. That means more trains, fewer long waits, and a better seat chance.

Airport Sprinter in 7.5 minutes

Connections between Amsterdam and Schiphol are also going to change. The Airport Sprinter will run during construction at and around Amsterdam Central Station. This connection runs every 7.5 minutes between Hoofddorp, Schiphol Airport, and Amsterdam CS. The train runs seven days a week, most of the day.

In the new timetable, Intercity trains on the high-speed line between Breda, Rotterdam, and Schiphol Airport will travel to Amsterdam-Zuid instead of Amsterdam CS. From there, they will continue in the direction of Almere, Lelystad, Hilversum, and Amersfoort.

Passenger organizations and regional authorities will now review the request for advice on the new timetable and then develop a recommendation. After that, it is up to rail operator ProRail to put the puzzle together of the wishes of NS and other passenger and freight operators. The final timetable will follow in the fall.

45 minutes less travel time between A’dam and Brussels

From the end of this year, the number of intercity trains between the Netherlands and Brussels will also double, from 16 to 32. Specifically, NS and the Belgian railroad company NMBS/SNCB want to split the current IC Brussels, also called the Benelux train or Amsterdammer, into two connections with 16 trains a day each.

The first connection will be a fast train between Amsterdam South and Brussels South, with stops at Schiphol, Rotterdam, and Antwerp. Compared to now, travel time will decrease by 45 minutes.

A train will also run between Rotterdam and Brussels-South/Midi, stopping at Breda, Noorderkempen, Antwerp-Central, Antwerp-Berchem, Mechelen, Brussels Airport, Brussels-North, and Brussels-Central. The Dutch travel company Corendon also wants to use its train service to transport passengers between Schiphol and Brussels Airport.

In its request for advice, NS also states that the ‘three-country train’, connecting Liège, Maastricht, and Aachen, should be a reality in the first half of 2024. Finally, nothing will change in the timetable between Roosendaal and Antwerp.


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