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Lower Saxony Municipalities are Joining Forces to Explore Hydrogen Trains

By April 21, 2020 2   min read  (284 words)

April 21, 2020 |

Lower Saxony Hydrogen Transport
The municipalities of Hardenberg, Coevorden, Emmen, Borger-Odoorn, Stadskanaal, Veendam and Westerwolde are joining forces for the Lower Saxony line (NSL). 
The 7 municipalities believe that this railway can make a major contribution to better accessibility to the region by public transport. The municipalities are also in line with the request from the House of Representatives for a feasibility study of this line.

The feasibility study must show whether the construction of the Lower Saxony line has any chance of success and what the costs are for the realization. The 7 municipalities have therefore agreed with each other to take up this challenge together and in this way put the regional interest first.

Connecting and strengthening border regions

The region between Hardenberg and Veendam offers plenty of space and opportunities for entrepreneurs and house seekers to work and live. Good accessibility is of great importance to make it attractive for entrepreneurs to settle here. Good public transport connections between major cities are also important for a thriving and attractive region. By building a railway between Stadskanaal and Emmen you will achieve even more connections between the different border regions. Regional cooperation will then become easier and finding personnel from another municipality will also become more attractive for employers. This contributes to the social and economic challenges that this region has.

Explore the possibilities of hydrogen

The feasibility study also examines the connection to the German network and the possibilities for freight transport. It is also the wish of the municipalities to investigate whether hydrogen trains can be used on the Lower Saxony line. This fits in perfectly with the status that the European Union has granted to the Northern Netherlands, under the name Hydrogen Valley (hydrogen region).

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