Some industries stayed as customers to the railways. The state railway companies have done their best to give customers a horrible service in a serious try to kick out every customer with just a few cars a week or day. Road transport is develop customer friendly equipment and tries to do what they promise at low costs. However the new private rail freight operators have regained some tonnage for the railways. In the Netherlands rail freight grew again from 20 million ton per year 10 years ago to 34 million ton in 2006.

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