The Netherlands to scrap direct The Hague-Brussels train connection
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The direct link between Brussels and the Dutch city of The Hague will disappear at the end of 2021, the Dutch State Secretary for Infrastructure Stientje van Veldhoven announced on Tuesday.

As Dutch railway company NS will start running more trains between Schiphol and Rotterdam via Leiden and The Hague from next year, there will no longer be any space on the track for the Brussels-The Hague train four times a day.

This means that passengers who want to travel between the cities will have to change trains in Rotterdam. Despite the transfer, this will shave off a few minutes of the total travel time, according to Van Veldhoven.

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The four trains that will no longer run directly to The Hague will be used on the Brussels-Amsterdam connection. On that route, a train will run not twelve, but sixteen times a day.

Another change between the Netherlands and Brussels will also be implemented soon, as the new Eurostar direct service from Amsterdam to London will no longer require passengers to leave the train for passport controls in Brussels.

Maïthé Chini
The Brussels Times

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