From NS to R-net
NS services the route between Alphen aan den Rijn and Gouda under the R-net banner. What is R-net, and what does it mean for rail service?
What is R-net?
The line between Alphen aan den Rijn and Gouda is contracted out by the Province of South Holland, which places certain requirements on the trains and service along this route. The route is part of R-net, a seal of approval for high-quality public transport in the Randstad. Buses, trams, metros and now trains along the line between Alphen aan den Rijn and Gouda now bear the same familiar red-and-grey livery. But behind the scenes, NS is responsible for providing passenger rail service along this route.
In addition to the red-and-grey colour scheme on the R-net trains, the R-net house style is also used in all travel information resources, the check-in posts, access gates and ticket machines. The station furnishings are also part of the R-net service. ProRail is responsible for updating all of these resources.
Increased frequency autumn 2017
Over the course of 2017, ProRail will update the rail network in order to increase the number of trains per hour in both directions from 2 to 4 by the autumn of 2017.
If you have any questions about other R-net services, such as metro or bus schedules, please see the R-net website.