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Government agency
IndustryRail Transport
ProductsRail Infrastructure Management, Railway Capacity Allocation, Traffic Control
RevenueIncrease 1.286 billion (2017)
Decrease 39 million (2017)
0 (2017)
Number of employees
4,399 (2017)
The headquarters of ProRail, de Inktpot, with the UFO

In the Netherlands, ProRail (Dutch pronunciation: [proːˈreːl]) is a government task organisation that takes care of maintenance and extensions of the national railway network infrastructure (not the metro or tram), of allocating rail capacity, and of traffic control. Prorail is a part of NS Railinfratrust, the Dutch railway infrastructure owner. It consists of the following infrastructure management organisations:

  • Railinfrabeheer (Rail Infrastructure Management, RIB)
  • Railned (railway capacity allocation - long-term planning, more than 52 hours before the day of the train service)
  • Railverkeersleiding (traffic control - short-term planning, less than 52 hours before the day of the train service)

The rail capacity supplied by ProRail is used by several public transport operators:

Its Utrecht headquarters is in the former offices of Nederlandse Spoorwegen (known as De Inktpot, "The Inkwell"), the largest brick building in the Netherlands. The building currently features a "UFO" on its facade resulting from an art program in 2000.


Funding for ProRail is provided by a government subsidy, and a fee paid by the railway operators (called infraheffing). The government subsidy totalled around €2.5 billion from 2014-2017,[1] and the infraheffing totalled approx. €200 million in 2006, the remaining income was listed as 'other'. The fee that the public transport operators have to pay for this is lower than the cost, but increasing. In 2003 it was €0.64 per train km and €0.54 to €2.16 for stopping at a station.

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  1. ^ "ProRail report 2015" (PDF). p. 30.

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