The timetable for 2020 shows some minor adjustments compared with 2019. Ninety-five per cent of passengers will see almost no change in their train journey. Passengers on Sprinter trains from the north of the country will enjoy shorter travel times; they will arrive at their destinations sooner in Friesland, Groningen and Drenthe thanks to faster trains. The connection for passengers between Zwolle and the Randstad conurbation in Meppel has been improved. The drawback is that this will result in a longer waiting time for a small group of passengers on Sprinter trains from Friesland who change in Meppel for destinations in Groningen/Drenthe. In the central part of the Netherlands, the number of Intercity trains between Utrecht and Amersfoort will increase. In addition, we will deploy extra trains to accommodate peak-hour traffic between Harderwijk, Nijkerk and Amersfoort. Passengers on these extra trains enjoy a good connection in Amersfoort to Intercity trains in the direction of Utrecht CS and Schiphol Airport, reducing travel times on these routes by up to thirty minutes. Over the summer period, we plan to increase the number of trains to Zandvoort aan Zee from four to six per hour so as to be able to carry large numbers of day trippers to the beach. The infrastructure has been adapted to allow us to increase the service frequency.
We have restored the Intercity connection between Dordrecht and Eindhoven; there will be four intercity trains per day on this route. This is an important step, given that trains from The Hague to Eindhoven no longer call at Dordrecht since they started using the high-speed line.
New station names
We have renamed three stations: Delft Zuid is now Delft Campus, Amersfoort is Amersfoort CS and Eindhoven has become Eindhoven CS. Over 40,000 passengers use these stations every day.