Rail sector

An Expert's View about Transportation and Storage in the Netherlands

Last updated: 26 Sep 2011

In spite of its small size, the Netherlands has more than 7,000 km of railway track with countless turnouts and junctions, including a freight line that connects the Port of Rotterdam to its hinterland (Betuwelijn) and a High Speed Line competing with air transportation.

Sector briefing Rail sector in the Netherlands Why the Netherlands? In spite of its small size, the Netherlands has more than 7,000 km of railway track with countless turnouts and junctions, including a freight line that connects the Port of Rotterdam to its hinterland (Betuwelijn) and a High Speed Line competing with air transportation. The tracks run past 386 stations and together they cover a surface of 1.4 million square metres. Every day, more than one million passengers travel by rail and 85,000 tonnes of freight are being transported by rail. Together they make the Dutch railway network one of the busiest networks in the world. Since the start of the millennium, the Dutch The Dutch rail network ranks rail market has been extensively liberalised and thus opened to competition in long and among the densest in the short distance passenger transport as well as world freight transport. The former monopolist, Nederlandse Spoor (NS), has separated infrastructure operation and maintenance from transport services and has created 10 independent subsidiaries. See the UKTI website for general information about the Netherlands. The ?Doing business? guide includes an overview of the economy, business culture, potential opportunities and other relevant issues. UK Trade & Investment sector briefing: rail sector in the Netherlands Opportunities Implementing the measures on the three given corridors and those required for the additional freight transport capacity requires The Dutch rail sector is facing great a total of ?3 billion. An amount of ?4.6 billion challenges. The Dutch Economic Institute for has been set aside for the total PHS budget, Construction and Housing (EIB) published an which also includes the OV SAAL route and analysis about the Long Term Programme for modifications to the North Netherlands Infrastructure, Transport and Public Space railway triangle. 2011. In that analysis, the EIB calculated that there are insufficient financial resources to Other anticipated measures needed are for realise all projects which are currently being instance level crossings (safety and planned. From 2011 to 2015, the shortage of accessibility), noise, external safety, rail projects amounts to 0.6 billion euros. vibrations, maintenance, rail energy supply, operation and adjustment, positioning and During the Annual Rail Forum Conference, it shunting capacity of passenger and freight was therefore clearly stated that the trains, transfer options, bicycle storage government wants more quality at lower facilities, signal optimisation, reconfiguration costs. A cost reduction of about ten percent Utrecht station, rail yard capacity, additional can be expected from 2015 onwards. In tracks and extending platforms. exception, the ?Programma Hoogfrequent Spoorvervoer (PHS)?, the Dutch High- As part of the PHS a large test with a Frequency Rail Transport Programme, is frequency of one train per 10 minutes on the excluded from the cost reduction (local issues Amsterdam-Eindhoven route was held by NS, will have to be solved within budget). A ProRail and Rail Freight KNV in September logical choice, given the important 2010. A first field trial took place in 2009. contribution this program makes to improve the accessibility of the Netherlands. Accessib Safety of personnel ility is therefore one of the priorities of the national government. There is a strong focus on measures that are meant to increase personal safety of more H than 28,500 employees in the public transport igh-Frequency Rail Transport P sector. One of the proposed measures that rogramme have been deployed in the fight against Four general key points have been drafted aggression and violence against employees in with regard to quality of passenger travel and public transport is a test with cameras that freight transport that are also relevant to the use facial recognition in Rotterdam. For the PHS: trial, a total budget of almost 200,000 euros has been set by the Ministry and the RET. The ? High-frequency rail travel on the test started mid 2010 and will be evaluated in busiest Randstad lines the autumn of 2011. ? Freight train routing that will remain usable in the future Accessibility ? Cohesive regional public transport Over the next 10 years, a wide range of systems, of which rail travel ? and measures will be implemented on a few Sprinters in particular ? is the backbone, hundred stations to aid passengers with visual making sound use of the connections / physical disability as much as possible, so between buses, trams and the metro that they are able to travel independently. ? Journey times between different parts of This was stated under an agreement between the country that are as short and as the Ministry, ProRail and NS. A budget of 450 reliable as possible million euros is expected by ProRail. UK Trade & Investment sector briefing: rail sector in the Netherlands Extreme winter weather If you have any questions about opportunities in the local market, get in touch with the Dealing with extreme winter weather is a contacts listed at the end of this report. complex issue that requires an innovative approach by the sector. NS and ProRail Business opportunities aimed at UK initiated the Action Plan ?Winterhard Spoor? to companies are added daily to the UKTI serve travellers even in snow and frost website. These leads are sourced by our staff conditions. overseas in British Embassies, High Measures include up-to-date travel Commissions and Consulates, across all information, improving rolling stock to match sectors and in over 100 markets. You can hard winter conditions, a new weather bureau search for opportunities by sector or country, on the ?Operationeel Controle Centrum Rail? or register to receive business opportunity (OCCR) and an increase of the spare parts alerts on a regular basis. inventory. Sustainability Sustainability plays an important and increasing role in the rail sector. Strukton was hired by ProRail to build the first sustainable platform roofs with solar cells on Utrecht Central Station. The solar cells will generate energy for lighting, escalators and elevators in the new public transport terminal. Sustainability is important to ProRail. Examples are generating electricity through solar panels, energy saving stations, encouraging drivers to drive energy efficient and plans for windmills near tracks. Companies that reduce CO2 will have priority in the ProRail tender process. To facilitate that tender process ProRail developed the CO2 performance ladder. The CO2 performance ladder has six levels, rising from 0 to 5. The better the CO2 performance by a company, the higher its position on the ladder will be. In concrete terms: Companies that make a larger effort to reduce CO2 have a better chance to be awarded a contract. Sources: Holland Rail Industry Association (www.hollandrailindustry.nl) and Rail-Tech Europe (www.railtech-europe.com) UK Trade & Investment sector briefing: rail sector in the Netherlands Major events and activities UKTI contacts Intertraffic Ruud Hadders Contact: Ruud Hadders Technology Trade Adviser Email: ruud.hadders@fco.gov.uk British Embassy the Netherlands Time: 27-30 March 2012 Tel: +31 (0) 704270301 Email: ruud.hadders@fco.gov.uk InfraTech Contact: Ruud Hadders Email: ruud.hadders@fco.gov.uk Time: 15-18 January 2013 Rail-Tech Europe Contact: Ruud Hadders Email: ruud.hadders@fco.gov.uk Time: 19-21 March 2013 For details of events related to this country or sector, use the events search on the UKTI website or register to receive regular updates. New export events are added daily. UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) provides grant support for eligible Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) to attend trade shows overseas. UK Trade & Investment sector briefing: rail sector in the Netherlands ? Establishment of interest of such Next steps - how UKTI can contacts in working with you help ? Arranging appointments ? Organise seminars or other events for British companies wishing to develop their you to meet contacts and promote business in the local market are advised to your company in the local market undertake as much market research and planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s local This work is available via our Overseas team, with its wide local knowledge and Market Introduction Service (OMIS) a experience, can provide a range of services to chargeable service which assists British-based British-based companies wishing to grow their companies wishing to enter or expand their business in global markets. business in overseas markets. This can include: To find out more about commissioning this ? Provision of market information work, or accessing other UKTI services and ? Validated lists of agents/distributors specialist advice, please visit the UKTI ? Key market players or potential website to find contact details for your local customers in the local market UKTI office. Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this document is accurate, neither UK Trade & Investment nor its parent Departments (the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office), accept liability for any errors, omissions or misleading statements, and no warranty is given or responsibility accepted as to the standing of any individual, firm, company or other organisation mentioned. Published 2011 by UK Trade & Investment. Crown Copyright © You may reuse this information (not including logos, images and case studies) free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government Licence. 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Posted: 26 September 2011, last updated 26 September 2011

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