Over the coming decade, up to 30 new train stations are planned to be built across the Netherlands, including at least five in the northern provinces.
Translation by Traci White
DutchNews.nl reports that ProRail, the organisation responsible for rail maintenance in the Netherlands, is set to invest 3.5 billion euros between now and 2028 to accommodate the growing number of passengers.
In the north, there are plans to add new stations in Friesland and Groningen. In Leeuwarden, construction is underway in the Werpsterhoek neighbourhood and set to be completed by 2020. In the province of Groningen, Hoogkerk, Duurkenakker, Wildervank and Winschoten (which already has a station) should all have new stations by 2028, according to De Telegraaf. Wildervank had a train station until 1953 which was torn down in 1970.
De Telegraaf writes that ProRail anticipates between 30 and 40 percent more train travellers over the next decade, due in large part to the number of residential properties which are currently under construction and the increased use of public transportation as a result.
Each station will likely cost around 30 million euros a piece to build, and the majority of the funding is set to come from local and national government coffers, as well as from the train companies themselves.