Hanzelijn: from Idea to Evaluation



Hanzelijn: from Idea to Evaluation

Authors

Sandra Nijënstein, NS (Dutch Railways), Dirk Dral, NS (Dutch Railways), Koen Dekkers, NS (Dutch Railways)

Description

The Hanzelijn is a new 50 kilometer long rail track between Zwolle and Lelystad which provides a direct rail link between the north of the Netherlands and Flevoland in the middle of the Netherlands. This paper describes the complete Hanzelijn project. From the initial idea phase to the completion of the Hanzelijn and the evaluation.

Abstract

The Hanzelijn is a new 50 kilometer long rail track between Zwolle and Lelystad which provides a direct rail link between the north of the Netherlands and Flevoland in the middle of the Netherlands. The Hanzelijn is being operated from December 9 2012 and contains two new stations: Dronten and Kampen Zuid. In 2003 the decision was made to build the Hanzelijn and in 2007 the construction works started. Before that multiple alternatives and variants were studied, which are discussed in the paper. Dutch Railway company NS determined the implications of the Hanzelijn for the entire rail network and reconstructed the timetables to serve customers demand best. In the paper, a few issues about specific nodes are discussed in detail. With the opening of the Hanzelijn, one third of the Intercity network in the Netherlands changed.

After opening, the Hanzelijn is evaluated by comparing the performance of the new line with various studies and forecasts made before the Hanzelijn was opened. Data was gathered for this evaluation, including counts and surveys at the new stations and in trains on the Hanzelijn. These data indicate that the performance of the Hanzelijn is broadly in line with expectations. Travelers show new route choice behavior and new travelers are attracted who traveled before by bus or car. More trips are made by train due to the faster, better connection. The paper describes the evaluation in more detail.

Publisher

Association for European Transport