Dutch High Speed Rail Fiasco

Dutch infrastructure minister Wilma Mansveld has resigned following the publication of a highly critical report on the failings of the country’s high speed rail line known as  Fyra.

The parliamentary report made a number of highly critical conclusions about a project which has had to be cancelled, at a cost of almost  €800 million.The report was critical of the  delivery of the line itself, which cost more and was completed later than originally planned.

The minister said she took responsibility for the failures identified in the report.

The inquiry was launched after Fyra services were suspended in January 2013. The entire fleet of existing trains were withdrawn and an additional order cancelled after an independent report found a number of issues with the design and build of the trains.

Patrick McLoughlin was unavailable for comment.

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