The option for train travelers to pay a little extra for more comfort disappears on the Arriva trains in Friesland and Groningen. The first class will no longer appear on Arriva trains from 13 December. The two provinces, the clients of Arriva, no longer find the first first-class coupes necessary.
By replacing the first-class coupes there is more room for improvement of the second class, Arriva states in a press release. Passengers traveling in second-class compartments in Friesland and Groningen will, for example, be provided with folding tables and USB ports from 13 December to charge smartphones. "This improves the travel experience for everyone," says a spokesperson for the province of Groningen.
The new trains will also receive separate silence compartments. In the current trains these are not closed, so the compartments are not completely silent.
The entire second-class trains from Arriva are not unique in the Netherlands: between Dordrecht and Geldermalsen, trains from Qbuzz also run only with a second class.
All Dutch Railways trains have both first and second class. The NS lines that run to Friesland and Groningen therefore still retain the traditional train layout.