New hourly train service to run between German, Dutch and Belgian cities

New hourly train service to run between German, Dutch and Belgian cities

Despite sharing borders, travel between Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium can be frustratingly complicated, with connecting public transport leaving much to be desired. Now, a new tri-state train will make trips between Liège, Maastricht and Aachen a whole lot easier.

Tri-state will connect Aachen with Liège and Maastricht

While hundreds of short and long-distance trains cross the borders between Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium each day, what makes the tri-state train unique is that not only is it spearheaded by the Belgian, German and Dutch governments, but it will also run every hour. The update means travellers from Belgium and Germany will no longer have to transfer in Maastricht. 

“The train connection connects the three border regions without transfer, making it easier for residents to take the train for work, school, visiting family or recreation,” the Dutch government explained in a press statement. Involved parties also hope the improved connection will “allow the region’s economy to grow even further.”

“Thanks to the three-country train you can travel from the Netherlands to Liège and Aachen without a transfer,” the statement goes on to say. “At both stations, you can board a high-speed train that connects with cities such as Cologne, Frankfurt, Berlin, Brussels, London and Paris. The tri-state train therefore also contributes to making the train more attractive as an alternative to short flights.”

New northern European train route will start in December

A timetable has not yet been released for when the line hits the tracks in December, but the three responsible service providers - Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), Arriva and the National Railway Company of Belgium (NMBS) - have confirmed that it is “financially, technically and in terms of capacity” possible to run the train. 

The next step in the process has seen Dutch State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management Vivianne Heijnen, Belgian Minister of Mobility Georges Gilkinet and Limburg Deputy of Mobility and Infrastructure Maarten van Gaans-Gijbels sign a letter of intent that contains various agreements that were required in order to ensure the train can be up and running by the end of the year. 

Over the course of the coming months, more will be done to be ready in time for a December launch, including figuring out how and where tickets will be sold and what the prices will be.

This article originally appeared on IamExpat in the Netherlands.

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Victoria Séveno


Victoria Séveno

Victoria grew up in Amsterdam, before moving to the UK to study English and Related Literature at the University of York and completing her NCTJ course at the Press Association...

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