Netherlands-based rail technology company Strukton Rail has acquired NS Spooraansluitingen bv (NSS) from the Dutch Railways.
NSS manages and maintains 130km of track and 391 switches at industrial sites belonging to around 100 companies.
As part of the transaction, the NSS operations will continue under the name of Strukton Rail Short Line, which will soon contact the companies in the Netherlands owning an industrial siding or having an interest in an industrial track.
Dutch Railways has decided to divest the track connections between industrial tracks and the public railway network because they no longer part of its core business.
Strukton noted that the acquisition secures the future of the track connections and it fits well within its strategy of improving rail transport.
A sustainable solution is provided by rail transport in order to solve the problems that industrialisation and urbanisation tend to bring.
Strukton Rail invests in long-term railway management and maintenance in order to develop answers to the current and future infrastructural issues in passenger and freight transport.
The company is responsible for the maintenance of more than 2,700km of track in the Netherlands and more than 2,400km of track in Sweden.
Apart from the Netherlands and Sweden, Strukton Rail is located in Denmark, Belgium, Italy and France.
Strukton Rail Nederland managing director Jacob Zeeman said: “We are taking this next step to reinforce or actually fulfil our belief in the role that railways can and will play in infrastructure. A step that leads to full management and ownership.”
Earlier this year, Strukton Rail had opened a new office in Australia focusing in the field of operational asset management.
The company also also has activities in India, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, South Africa, Surinam and Brazil.