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Hook of Holland light metro opens

Reopening of the Schiedam – Hoek van Holland railway in the Netherlands following conversion to metro standards took place on 30 September.

Reopening of the Schiedam – Hoek van Holland railway in the Netherlands following conversion to metro standards took place on 30 September. Around 23 000 passengers travelled on the first day. The reopening was preceded by an open day on 28 September. 

Currently services only run as far as Hoek van Holland Haven (22km/13.7 miles from the junction at Schiedam Centrum), but the intention is to reopen the remainder of the line to a re-sited terminus at Hoek van Holland Strand (25km/15.5 miles) in 2022.

Initial services (as metro line B) run every 20 minutes from Hoek van Holland Haven to Rotterdam Nesselande and every ten minutes between there and the new station at Maassluis Steendijkpolder (14km/8.7 miles from Schiedam Centrum). 

Temporary closure of the route known as the Hoekse Lijn took place in 2017 for what had been expected to be six months. The project has now cost EUR462m.

Although the Hoekse Lijn infrastructure has been transferred from national railway Nederlandse Spoorwegen to Rotterdam’s municipal operator Rotterdamsche Elektrische Tram, the capacity for freight trains to run has been retained. This has included the installation of gauntlet track at stations to maintain clearance for heavy rail vehicles.