The new railway timetable which will come into effect in December includes more local and intercity trains, Dutch railway operator ProRail said on Monday.

For example, the frequency of intercity trains between Amersfoort and Utrecht will go up from four to six and there will be more trains between Haarlem and the seaside resort of Zandvoort from next summer. The new timetable also includes provision for longer goods trains – stretching up to 740 metres long, Prorail said.

Last week, NS said so many more people are using the railways that the tracks may reach maximum capacity by 2027, three years earlier than forecast.