Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment

Arriva train derailed after crash with milk truck near Winsum, 18 Nov 2016
Jan 9 '17 09:51

The Dutch government is making another 25 million euros available to secure unguarded railroad crossings throughout the country. This is on top of 10 million euros already dedicated to the purpose, State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and Environment announced, according to BNR.

Some of the unguarded railway crossings will be closed, others will be equipped with booms or warning signs. Dijksma hopes to convince provinces and municipalities to also contribute money for this purpose.

Dec 21 '16 17:15

Mayor Theo Weterings of Haarlemmermeer wants to ban all taxis at Schiphol who do not have a permit to use the special taxi strip, he announced on Wednesday. He also wants to work with all involved parties to find ways to prevent from working at the airport in the future, NU.nl reports.

Dec 16 '16 13:50

The next Dutch government should include a Minister for Mobility, who must focus on improving the connection in and between cities to prevent a further increase in traffic jams and accidents, according to a manifest set up by a coalition consisting of seven major public transporters and car companies, NOS reports. 

First trip through the Koning Willem-Alexander tunnel on the A2 underneath Maastricht, 16 Dec 2016
Dec 16 '16 08:23

The new officially opened to traffic on Friday morning. And while there is a traffic jam on the A2 from Eindhoven to Maastricht, it is unrelated to the tunnel, according to the ANWB. Motorists should take 20 minutes of extra travel time into account because of this traffic jam.

Koning Willem-Alexander tunnel underneath Maastricht
Dec 15 '16 14:30

The Koning Willem-Alexander tunnel under Maastricht is opening to traffic tonight. The intention is that this 2.4 kilometer long tunnel will put an end to an era of long traffic jams on the A2 highway in the city, NOS reports. 

According to Rijkswaterstaat, the tunnel will take about 80 percent of the traffic currently traveling along Maastricht, and will therefore make a significant improvement to the rush hour situation on the A2. 

Dec 12 '16 08:54

Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen of Infrastructure is working on a law that will ban the use of a smartphone while cycling. That means no more texting or calling from your bike, a spokesperson for the Ministry confirmed to newspaper AD on Monday. 

Orchestra playing at the opening of Utrecht Centraal, 7 Dec 2016
Dec 7 '16 16:30

After years of renovations, the Utrecht Centraal train station finally opened today. And all travelers were invited to enjoy the day long celebration of the reopening, DUIC reports.

The festivities started at 6:30 a.m. with a lesson from yoga teacher Christa Schep. "Try to keep your breathing calm and constant", you could hear her saying from the balcony, over the rush of people trying to catch their train. 

Lelystad Airport
Nov 30 '16 14:05

The plans for expanding Lelystad Airport have been significantly delayed. The first commercial aircraft will, at the earlierst, depart from the airport somehere in 2019, instead of April 2018 as initially planned, State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure wrote to parliament on Tuesday, ANP reports.

Nov 4 '16 12:05

After , Minister Melanie Schultz wan Haegen of Infrastructure and Environment gave Amsterdam the go ahead to ban all scooters from bike paths, provided it goes with the obligation of wearing a helmet, Het Parool reports. 

Nov 4 '16 09:53

Dozens of taxis were fined at Schiphol airport on Thursday for violations ranging from parking in the wrong place to not having the proper papers. The municipality of Haarlemmermeer, the Koninklijke Marechaussee and the Environment and Transport Inspectorate are teaming up to tackle inappropriate behavior by taxis, according to NOS.

Nov 1 '16 16:00

NS, ProRail, municipalities and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment are together investing 80 million euros into creating 80 thousand extra parking spots for bicycles at train stations, the Telegraaf reports. 

Oct 27 '16 13:25

KLM's independence will not be compromised by the new strategy for Air France-KLM that CEO Jean-Marc Janaillac is presenting early next month, Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem of Finance assured parliament after several dais of intensive discussions with the CEO, NOS reports.

Oct 26 '16 09:44

NS, public transporters, unions and government parties teamed up to set up an actioin plan aimed at reducing violent incidents on public transport. The intention is to reduce the number of incidents by 20 percent by 2018, according to the Telegraaf.

The plan includes improving the share of information about perpetrators, extra surveillance and extra security staff with additional powers, according to the newspaper.

Oct 19 '16 14:10

While the leak of carcinogenic formaldehyde at chemical company DuPont in Dordrecht was "very dangerous", it caused no immediate damage, State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and Environment wrote to parliament. The long-term effects of the leak are not yet clear

Oct 17 '16 10:40

The Dutch government wants to reverse the privatization of rail operator ProRail, NOS reports based on information from sources in The Hague. The government wants to get more control over ProRail by turning it into an independent administrative body under the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, according to the the broadcaster.

Oct 11 '16 12:50

Amsterdam will need a complete overhaul before self-driving cars can be introduced in the city in a big way, according to a study Boston Consulting Group did for the Dutch capital. As it is, the city can't handle the increase in traffic self driving cars will cause

Oct 11 '16 12:15

A quarter of ground water in the Netherlands, from which drinking water is extracted, contains too high or nearly too high levels of pesticides, according to the RIVM. Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen of Infrastructure and Environment calls it "cause for concern"

Oct 6 '16 11:35

The Dutch government paid a sum of 450 thousand euros to 391 motorists who had an alcohol lock imposed on them after a drunk driving infraction. Another 11 people still have outstanding claims amounting to tens of thousands of euros, according to figures AD got from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment.

Sep 14 '16 13:20

The Dutch government wants to close a material agreement with companies, municipalities, provinces and civil society organizations before the end of the year. The ultimate goal for this deal is to recycle all raw materials by 2050, State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and Environment wrote parliament

Sep 8 '16 12:45

Reports that the nuclear reactor in Petten's safety is not up to standard has Dutch parliamentarians concerned. The PvdA, D66, GroenLinks and SP all want responsible Ministers Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs and Melanie Schultz van Haegen of Infrastructure and environment to order an investigation

Jul 19 '16 12:45

On Monday German vehicle manufacturer Daimler AG performed the first test with its self-driving bus on a public road on the bus lane between Schiphol and Haarlem, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment announced.

Jun 30 '16 10:16

Travelers left behind on the station due to overcrowded trains should be compensated for their delay, according to consumers organizations ConsumentenClaim and Maatschappij voor Beter OV

Jun 29 '16 08:33

PVV parliamentarian Barry Madlener wants the Almere police to set dogs on those responsible for throwing stones at buses in the city. "They should release the dogs on the Moroccan street terrorists who throw stones at buses", he said during a parliamentary debate on public transport on Tuesday afternoon

Jun 22 '16 09:55

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment is making up to 250 million euros available for renovations and reconstruction at the Schiphol train station, State Secretary Sharon Dijksma wrote to parliament on Tuesday

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