Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Increased capacity for the Dutch rail network thanks to EU co-funded project

Creation date: July 13, 2011

A study to build a third railway track between Zevenaar in the Netherlands and the German border, which was presented under the 2010 TEN-T Annual Call, will benefit from EU co-financing to the tune of almost €1 million. The study is an important step into increasing the capacity of this section of Dutch infrastructure so that it can meet future demand in international freight and passenger trains. It also positively contributes towards the realisation of TEN-T Priority Project 24, the “Railway axis Lyon/Genova-Basel-Duisburg-Rotterdam/Antwerpen”.


In order to provide sufficient capacity to the existing double track rail line, a study to build a third track between Zevenaar and the German border will be conducted. The third track will connect Priority Project 5, the “Betuweline”, to the existing double track line in Zevenaar and then continue up to the German border. The new track will be equipped with 25 kV overhead line voltage traction systems.


The main objective of the study is to develop a reliable draft design (including selecting the most suitable location for the track by means of an environmental impact assessment) for the third track and the 25 kV overhead power line by December 2012.


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