Antwerp praises return of Benelux train
City alderman says Antwerp welcomes decision to reinstate the Benelux train in the wake of the ill-fated Fyra high-speed train.
NMBS will resume service between Brussels and Amsterdam at end of 2014
The rail authority NMBS has announced it will resume a service between the two capitals at the end of 2014, with 16 trains a day. At present the capitals are only linked by a Thalys service. The resumed Benelux train, which was taken out of service when Fyra launched, will stop at Brussels Airport and in Antwerp. The Brussels-The Hague train, meanwhile, which is due to begin running on 7 October, will operate 10 times a day.
The new service will be an opportunity, Kennis said, for Antwerp to position itself as a major destination for shopping tourism. “With a better train service out of the Netherlands and a general open-mindedness in the consideration of being open on Sunday, we should be able to take Antwerp’s shopping policy to the next level.”
Peter Aerts, the director of the Antwerp chapter of Unizo, which represents small businesses, said his organisation would not protest against Sunday opening hours as long as the city was prepared to invest sufficiently in marketing to ensure enough extra income to compensate shop owners for the additional expense.
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