A new rail service to The Hague?

The city authorities in The Hague are continuing with their plans to launch a rail service between the Dutch capital and Brussels. The Germany-owned transport company Arriva that also operates bus and train services in the UK is one of the firms that is a candidate to operate the new service.

Up until December 2012 the Benelux train service between Brussels and Amsterdam called at The Hague en Route. However, the scrapping of the Benelux train service in favour of the ill-fated Fyra high speed service left The Hague with no direct service to Brussels. Since Fyra services were suspended due to technical faults and safety issue, eight-times a day Brussels to The Hague services was introduced as an emergency measure. With the demise of the Fyra this is to be increased to 16 trains a day in the medium term.