Stopping trains between Arnhem and Dusseldorf from the summer of 2017

Stopping trains will be running between Arnhem, Emmerich and Dusseldorf from the summer of 2017. State Secretary Mansveld (Infrastructure & the Environment) and Minister for Transport of the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Michael Groschek made this announcement today in Emmerich. “The new stopping-train service will make the Arnhem-Emmerich journey quite a bit faster, cutting it from over two hours now, to one and a half hours in 2017,” according to Ms Mansveld.

The new stopping-train service is a regional initiative of the province of Gelderland, the Arnhem-Nijmegen metropolitan area and the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr (the public transport association covering the area of the Rhine-Ruhr conurbation in Germany). The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure & the Environment is making a one-off contribution of € 6 million to the project.  

The Arnhem-Dusseldorf service will stop at various stations including Arnhem, Zevenaar, Emmerich, Oberhausen and Duisburg. The expectation is that 2000 to 2200 people will use the service every day to cross over the border. The service will run every hour, starting in the summer of 2017. Passengers will not have to reserve seats. The service supplements the high-speed ICE (Intercity Express service) that runs between the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland, for which reservations are compulsory. The ICE service runs once every 2 hours and only stops at large stations.

State Secretary Mansveld refers to the connecting of border regions as a high priority: “The more than two million residents of Gelderland will soon be connected by rail to the more than seventeen million residents of North Rhine-Westphalia.” The State Secretary would like to talk about other routes for which the connections could be improved, such as Eindhoven-Dusseldorf and Heerlen-Aken, at a follow-up rail summit between the Netherlands and Germany that is scheduled for early 2014. This new connection strengthens our position as a major link in the European transport chain.