The placement of mobile device charging points at train stations is still not a sure thing, a letter to Parliament from state secretary (infrastructure) Wilma Mansveld stated. Placing electrical outlets in the second class compartments of intercity trains is also under question, the letter said.
Mansveld said that while both ideas are good, there is not enough information yet to warrant the investments necessary to implement them. There are still obstacles, such as the long waiting time to reach the charging stations and the long time needed to charge the devices.
Dutch railways NS launched a trial last summer at Rotterdam Central Station. The charging station, placed in a shop, cost EUR 35,000 to install per unit, and attracted an average of seven users per day each. Mansveld, providers and ProRail will decide next year whether to proceed with the project or not.