The redevelopment of Utrecht’s central station and railway network could be EUR 100 million over budget and will take almost a year longer than planned, the Financieele Dagblad reports.
The project, which began in 2012 and is due to be completed at the beginning of 2016, has a budget of EUR 270 million.
According to the paper, the ministry instigated an investigation into the overspend in April and is focusing on track operator ProRail, which is responsible for the project. ProRail and the ministry have been faced with considerable overspends on other project, the paper points out. The renewal of the railway between Lelystad and the Randstad central urban belt overran its budget by EUR 260 million while an overhaul of the railway around Zwolle cost EUR 200 million more than it should have. A spokesman for ProRail told news agency ANP the overspend on the Utrecht project would be limited to EUR 30 million.