Arriva stops first class in trains Friesland and Groningen: ‘The whole train becomes luxury’

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                              From December 13, trains from Arriva in the provinces of Groningen and Friesland no longer have first class. "The entire train becomes luxurious and modern."

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        <p dir="ltr">At the end of this year, Arriva will be running new trains in the provinces of Groningen and Friesland, reports Omrop Fryslân. Then the provinces will receive 18 new trains. They do have a closed silence compartment and a study or work compartment, but they do not have different first and second class compartments. Everyone can sit anywhere.

“The entire train will be luxurious and modern,” says the spokesperson for the province of Groningen. “This is where folding tables and USB ports come to charge your devices. This makes it easier to work on your laptop or tablet while on the road.”

4G WiFi and seat indicator

All trains will also receive a wheelchair-accessible toilet, WiFi at 4G speed and individually adjustable LED lighting. “And in all these trains we will now separate our waste,” says Arriva’s spokesperson.

There will also be a seat indicator, so that you can already see on the platform in which part of the train there are still seats.

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        <h2 dir="ltr">Provinces no longer find it necessary</h2>

According to the spokesperson, the difference between the first and the second class has always been small. “In the first class, you had chairs with skai upholstery, but that was about it,” says the spokesperson. “With the new train sets, all travelers are improving.”

That is a choice of the provinces. They are the client of train carrier Arriva. The provinces of Groningen and Friesland no longer consider it necessary to distinguish between first and second class seats.

Moreover, the class difference in Friesland no longer existed for ages. The trains in Friesland (Leeuwarden-Stavoren and Leeuwarden-Harlingen) did have first-class seats, but you could also sit there with a second-class ticket.

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        <h2 dir="ltr">Created in 2017</h2>

The Groningen spokesperson is surprised that the new train sets are coming into the news right now. “We already gave Arriva the order in 2017. Such a new train is not arranged overnight.”

In the 18 new trains, there will be no difference between classes from 13 December. “Our 51 current trains, so-called GTW trains, are currently being completely renewed per turn”, says Arriva’s spokesperson.

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        <h2 dir="ltr">Class difference in all NS trains</h2>

That the first class disappears is special. In the vast majority of Dutch trains there are two different types of coupes. This is the case for all NS trains, although the number of first-class seats has decreased in recent years.

At NS, the price of a first-class train ticket is on average 40 percent higher than that of a second-class ticket.

On private transport trains, the existence of a first class depends on the requirements of the contracting municipality or province. For example, the Qbuzz trains between Dordrecht and Geldermalsen also only have second-class seats.

Nineteenth century

The class difference in the train has existed since the nineteenth century, when the first trains started running. Then the differences between the classes were much greater than now. Moreover, there was even a third class.

Since 1956 there has been a two-class system: then the third class became the current second class and the then second class became the current first. The most expensive and most luxurious first class was abolished.

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