In Germany, doubling the rail line between Kaldenkirchen and Dülken is high on the agenda, which would allow an express train and a commuter train to run twice per hour between Venlo and Düsseldorf and save travellers around 20 minutes each way. Starting from 2026, a direct train without transfer will run all the way from Eindhoven to Düsseldorf via Venlo. The City of Eindhoven is developing plans to modernise the station area with a new bus station. The city aims to grow into an international junction in the south of the Netherlands, connecting Belgium and Germany.
eindhoven- venlo – düsseldorf
The direct express connection between Eindhoven and Düsseldorf will be realised in 2026. At that time, Deutsche Bahn subsidiary START will take over exploitation of the line, fulfilling a long-held dream. Until then, several technical interventions will be needed on the rails and at various stations. For example, cross-border trains will have to be able to turn around in Eindhoven.