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The new changes and the investments made at the Intercity train route that connects Amsterdam and Berlin will cut 30 minutes off by December 2023.
Such an announcement has been made by the country’s railroad infrastructure firm, ProRail, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
“The 2024 timetable, with this reduced travel time, will take effect on 10 December 2023. The journey between Amsterdam and Berlin will then take 5 hours and 50 minutes,” ProRail pointed out through a statement.
According to a report provided by NL Times, the new changes will effectively cut the travel time by 8 per cent and also add more space to the timetable for the additional passenger as well as freight trains.
The idea was introduced for the first time in August 2020 in order to improve the Intercity Berlin service by the beginning of 2024. But last year, the Cabinet considered that the project was at risk of stalling.
However, the plan is now back on track, but ProRail stressed that several improvements would be needed in the next 15 months in order to make the time-saving plan a reality for Intercity Berlin.
In order to get ready for a faster connection, German rail operator Deutsche Bahn ordered new locomotives as well as carriages that could operate in both Netherlands and Germany, where the railroads have different voltages.
This means that the trains continued without requiring a locomotive change at Bad  Bentheim in Germany; the delivery of the trains was still delayed.
“More permanent measures are needed for the future, partly due to growing freight and passenger transport. ProRail is conducting research into more future-proof measures,” ProRail pointed out.
European countries are continuously attempting to improve the quality of their high-speed train network, especially with carbon emission goals being set for this decade.
Besides, the EU is attempting to expand and also attempting to improve the use of high-speed rails by 2030 in order to triple the current levels by 2050.
It has also been reported that Europe accounts for 60 per cent of the world’s high-speed network, while Asia is known for its fastest trains.
In addition, among the countries with the best trains in Europe is Spain which has a total of 3,152 kilometres of track, making it the country with the largest high-speed network on the continent.
Italy has also been estimated to have some of the fastest and most economic trains, according to a previous report provided by SchengenVisaInfo.com.

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