ACT was included in the Randstad Urgent Programme in 2008. In that same year, the central government reserved € 11 million from the Economic Structure Enhancing Fund (FES) for the Amsterdam CAREX project on the basis of a business case drawn up by the regional parties and a social cost-benefit analysis. Subsequently, the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment commissioned Prorail to conduct a study of the connection of a rail terminal to the High-Speed Line South and the joint use of the HSL infrastructure.
As plans now stand, the first trains are expected to depart for various economic centres in 2015. A study is currently underway to determine where the starting location of the rail terminal is to be constructed. This starting location will comprise a single track for arrivals and departures. If growth is expected in 2010 owing to the expansion of the network to Italy and Spain, the rail terminal can be expanded with an additional switch to connect to the high-speed line, a platform building and the renovation of the interior of the terminal.
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