Presentation on theme: "Missing regional transborder rail – connection Nijmegen - Kleve European Parliament, 25.January 2012, Dr. Artur Leenders, Deputy mayor of the city of Kleve."— Presentation transcript:
Missing regional transborder rail – connection Nijmegen - Kleve European Parliament, 25.January 2012, Dr. Artur Leenders, Deputy mayor of the city of Kleve
History 1865: Opening of the Railway Kleve – Nijmegen 1879 Railway Connection Amsterdam – Nijmegen – Köln (Bridge across the Waal) (Bridge across the Waal) 1988 Amsterdam – Köln is closed 1991 Last train Kleve - Nijmegen
Reasons to close the connection Cross border fee: 10 guldens extra fee on every ticket Low frequency: only 5 trains / day Didn`t stop at Groesbeek and Heijendaal (University and Radbout – Hospital) DB refused to automize the track (5 crossing keepers) (5 crossing keepers)
1991 – 2012 The border is gone! Traffic has increased in both countries Economy and trade have become international Kleve belongs to the region Arnhem – Nijmegen and not to the Ruhrgebiet People of both countries live, work and study in the neighbourcountry
Why does Kleve want the connection? 30% of the clients in the shops in Kleve are dutch 30% of the money on the banks in Kleve is dutch money All the inscriptions on the shops in Kleve are bi – lingual And:
We would welcome both, but: To realize the connection, we need money from the Euregio, from the german government, from Düsseldorf and from the European Parliament in Brussels Will we get it only for a train or will we get it also for a tram?