The province of Drenthe wants a faster train connection between Groningen and Assen, via the east of the Netherlands to Enschede. That train connection – the Nedersaksenlijn or Lower Saxony line – is already largely there, but is missing a route that still has to be built. If that succeeds, the housing shortage in the Randstad can also be solved.
“The housing problem in the Randstad will not be solved in the Randstad itself. If houses are to be built in the North for the overflow of the Randstad, then mobility is part of that. Then we have to realise the Lower Saxony line.”
Transport representative Cees Bijl from Drenthe uses this argument to push for the arrival of the railway from Groningen via Emmen to Enschede during a meeting of the Lower Saxony Line Foundation.