HSL South finally fulfils its potential
The opening of the Amsterdam – Rotterdam – Antwerp HSL South high-speed line in 2009 failed to live up to expectations with the collapse of the Amsterdam – Brussels Fyra high-speed service in 2012, leaving Thalys as the sole operator. However, with the recent introduction of new services, the line is busy and, as Quintus Vosman reports, now requires investment to improve reliability.
Netherlands Railway (NS) was forced to operate the Fyra service with conventional 160km/h locomotive-hauled trains as a stopgap when HSL South opened and only within the Netherlands. When the V250s were finally approved for operation in 2012, they were only in service for 40 days before being withdrawn permanently due to technical problems. HSL South finally fulfils its potential