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This page contains details of news and events from the NS system in 2014

March 2014

Rotterdam Station Opens

King Willem-Alexander ceremonially inaugurated the rebuilt Rotterdam Centraal station on March 13, during celebrations which included dancing and musical performances.

The station has been rebuilt to cope with predicted growth from the current 110 000 passengers/day - as many people as use Amsterdam Schiphol airport - to 323 000 passengers/ day by 2025. The design is intended to create a landmark gateway to Rotterdam, reflecting the station's dual role as a hub of the city's transport system and a major station on the international high speed rail network.

The building was required to take into account the different urban environments either side of the railway, with a grand southern entrance facing the city centre and more modest entrance to the north. A large window provides direct views of the city, and the roof incorporates photovoltaic cells capable of supplying 340 MWh a year, the equivalent of the energy requirements of one hundred households.

The red stone station floor continues into the forecourt, to merge the station with the city. The public space in front of the station will cover parking spaces for 760 cars and 5 190 bicycles. The tram stops have been moved to the east side, with bus, taxi and short-term parking spaces designed to avoid creating barriers for pedestrians.

The project has been undertaken jointly by the Ministry of Infrastructure & the Environment, the city and city region, infrastructure manager ProRail and national passenger operator NS. It was managed by the Team CS joint venture of urban design specialist West 8 and architects Benthem Crouwel and Meyer & Van Schooten, with Arcadis as consultant.

More Trams in Den Haag

Den Haag city transport operator HTM placed a €55m order for 20 more Siemens Avenio low-floor trams on March 13, as an option on a contract for 40 signed in 2011.

As with the original order, these will be produced in Siemens’ Wien factory. This batch of trams is to run on Line 1.

‘Back in 2011, HTM was the first operator worldwide to order our Avenio, which has meanwhile established itself in the market very well. So this latest order pleases us all the more’, said Sandra Gott-Karlbauer, CEO of the Urban Transport Vehicles business at Siemens’ Rail Systems Division

February 2014

flexity swift

RET has exercised a Euro 66m option with Bombardier for the supply of another 16 Flexity Swifty Light Rail Vehicles.To be delivered in 2016 these units are to enable the conversion of the Hoek Van Holland - Scheidam heavy rail route to light rail operaton as part of RandStad Rail Line B.

The vehicles are 42m long in 3 sections and have room for 104 seats and a futher 166 standing passengers. Easy boarding is achieved throuigh 7 double doors each side and there are dedicated areas for pushchairs. Multiple working in pairs is envisaged at peak times.

The vehicles will be built in Bautzen, Germany and will be supplied with Flexx Urban bogies from Siegan and electrical equipment from Mannheim

January 2014

Husa To Close Rail Activities

Husa Transportation hasd announced that it is to close down is tail activities in the Netherlands and germany with the loss of 75 jobs. The closure will also lead to the disposal of 20 locomotives.

The company was launced 10 years ago following the acquisition of ACTS the domestic refuse company which was its prime activity until launcing into the container business. The business faced increasing access charges and sustained an on-going loss on a turnover of Euro35m.

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