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Joining the network

The Netherland's High Speed Line will plug the country into the European high-speed rail network by 2005. Trains will run at up to 300km/h, giving a three hour journey from Amsterdam to Paris. HSL-South will run from Amsterdam and the airport via Rotterdam and Breda to the Dutch-Belgian border serving international and domestic traffic, while its proposed sister project High-Speed Train East will link Amsterdam with Germany.

The final route decision for HSL-South was taken last year, tying it to an alignment within a couple of metres horizontally. Minimising environmental impact is a priority throughout. One way of keeping down the environmental effect is to 'bundle' road and rail routes to run close together, avoiding fragmentation of the landscape. Works to both the A16 and A4 are included in the HSL-South project, with a section of the A16 being relocated and upgraded from dual two to dual three lanes.

The HSL Project Organisation is responsible for bringing about the construction and operation. Dutch Railways Rail Infrastructure Management (NS-RIB), Holland Railconsult and DHV Environment & Infrastructure work closely together under the Ministry of Transport, Public Works & Water Management and the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning & the Environment.

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