Strukton Rail acquires industrial sidings company from Dutch Railways

03 July 2015

Strukton Rail has acquired NS Spooraansluitingen bv (NSS) from the Dutch Railways. Dutch Railways and Strukton Rail signed the takeover contract on 1 July 2015. The NSS operations will be continued under the name of Strukton Rail Short Line bv. The company manages and maintains over 130 kilometres of track and 391 switches at the industrial sites of around 100 companies in the Netherlands. The Dutch Railways have decided to divest the track connections between industrial tracks and the public railway network because they no longer belong to the core business of the Dutch Railways. The takeover secures the future of the track connections. The acquisition fits well within Strukton’s strategy, which includes the ambition to make rail transport more attractive. Rail transport offers a sustainable solution to the problems that industrialisation and urbanisation tend to bring.


Strukton Rail believes in the value of rail transport and therefore invests in long-term railway management and maintenance. The value of rail transport and the rail industry is crucial to develop answers to the current and future infrastructural issues in passenger and freight transport. The acquisition by a private party challenges the industry and innovative power to develop these solutions. As an international player, Strukton knows the importance of track connections to freight transport and the economic interests involved. At the same time, Strukton Rail knows what it means to keep rail infrastructure safe, reliable and available under varying conditions. The company is responsible for the maintenance of over 2,700 kilometres of track in the Netherlands and more than 2,400 kilometres of track in Sweden. Strukton Rail is located in Denmark, Belgium, Italy and France in addition to the Netherlands and Sweden. At the beginning of 2015, Strukton Rail opened a new office in Australia. This country shows great interest in Strukton Rail’s knowledge in the field of operational asset management. Strukton Rail also has activities in India, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, South-Africa, Surinam and Brasil.

In its long history, Strukton Rail has developed into a full-service and technology provider.

“We are taking this next step to reinforce or actually fulfil our believe in the role that railways can and will play in infrastructure. A step that leads to full management and ownership.”

Jacob Zeeman, managing director of Strukton Rail Nederland:


Strukton Rail Short Line will soon contact the companies in the Netherlands owning an industrial siding or having an interest in an industrial track. Together with the companies, Strukton will formulate a maintenance concept for safe, reliable and available tracks at a price that is in line with market practice. Strukton will use its worldwide experiences for this. Cooperation and transparency will play a central role in Strukton’s approach.

About Strukton Rail

Strukton Rail, part of Strukton, develops, constructs, installs and maintains rail and train systems and makes them optimally available, reliable, safe and measurable. As a technology company, Strukton has a unique position in the market. The focus lies on rail-related activities and specialisms driven by technology. Besides serving customers in the Netherlands and Europe, Strukton offers an increasing number of specialist services on the global market. The company has some 6,700 employees and an annual revenue of EUR 1.8 billion.