Beyond traditional decision making by governments at appropriated levels (e.g. the city) and supported by formal institutions and legislation, the governance culture in the Netherlands entails also decision making informally and sometimes incrementally, but always sensible for contexts. Dutch governance is pragmatic and resilient and most of all supported by arrangements of all relevant stakeholders.
DRS presents showcases that proves the strength of Dutch governance culture to accomplish complicated rail-related projects successfully.


Railway technologies and infrastructures imply a long life cycle. Its technical and economic life span easily comprises 30-50 years. The railway system of the Netherlands is rooted in a cost-conscious tradition and recognized for many years the importance of reducing costs, particularly in regard to long year maintenance and operation of vehicles, equipment, infrastructure and other rail-related components (e.g. station buildings) . Therefore the Dutch approach strongly focuses on a deliberate and consequent optimization of life cycle efficiency.
DRS presents showcases that exhibit all challenges to improve and enforce life-cycle efficiency the Dutch way in a cutting edge collection of rail-related projects.

The Netherlands contains a very dense railway network that is cross-linked in many station-hubs with additional public transport as well as other modes of transport. Dutch railway stations serve their urban environment efficiently. Particular urban mobility hubs inter-connects virtually all means of transport (e.g. bicycle, car and certainly the pedestrian!). Moreover, many of these hubs enhance their environment when they are used for elaboration of transit oriented development.
DRS presents a series of urban mobility hubs in various sizes, from the larger station-hubs in the national railway network up to the smaller ones that carry regional and local networks.