railway

Feb 22 '17 11:30

The number of unauthorized people walking along Dutch train tracks increased by 200 to a total of 3,105 last year, according to rail manager ProRail. These incidents delayed 16,539 trains and meant that 1.6 million passengers reached their destinations late, ANP reports.

According to the ProRail, these so-called "rail walkers" are often hikers, people walking their dogs, children playing or vandals. "They appear especially when the weather is nice and in places where recreation and tracks meet. Think of nature areas or campsites located next to the track." ProRail said.

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 7 '16 11:39

The government wants the Netherlands to be nearly CO2 emissions free by 2050, according to Economic Minister Henk Kamp's Energy Agenda. The Agenda contains a number of measures to reduce dependency on fossil fuels and encourage sustainable living. Environmental organizations call the plan unambitious, NU.nl reports.

Oct 18 '16 08:53

The train tracks on the Moerdijk bridge will be completely replaced in the second quarter of next year, ProRail announced. The work will take up to 20 days, during which no train traffic will be possible over the bridge

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.

Jun 8 '16 14:00

Changing ProrRail's independent position as track manager would be a terrible idea, ProRail CEO Pier Eringa said in Parliament on Wednesday. The parliamentarians are considering ProRail's position as part of the response to the Fyra debacle

May 30 '16 13:50

NS decided to stop using Belgian coaches on the Amsterdam-Brussels route for the time being due to reports that the coach doors sometimes open en-route

Apr 8 '16 11:12

The Dutch government plans to reserve an additional 10 billion euros for two years for improving the roads and railway in the Netherlands. The money will be used to push the most urgent projects forward and for new projects, sources told Dutch newspaper AD.

Mar 10 '16 13:40

Railway companies create unnecessary risks when transporting dangerous material by train. Chemical companies also do not live up to their responsibility of making clear agreements with carriers about how to transport hazardous substances safely, according to a report released by the Dutch Safety Board on Thursday.

Mar 8 '16 07:46

Train passengers can expect overflowing trains during rush hour this morning. Thousands of students will be using the rail transport in protest against NS' plan to ask universities and colleges to change their lesson schedules so students can travel outside rush hour. They hope that this will relieve some pressure on overcrowded trains.

Overcrowded train
Mar 7 '16 08:40

Consumers organization ConsumentenClaim is calling on rail passengers to take photos of overcrowded trains. The organization wants to use these photos as evidence in a possible lawsuit against NS

Overcrowded train
Mar 4 '16 12:43

Some 16 thousand students plan to get on a train during rush hour on Tuesday, in protest against NS' plan to have students use the railway outside rush hour by adjusting their study schedules. This is in attempt to relieve pressure on overcrowded trains.

Feb 19 '16 10:29

A massive 90 percent of railway employees faced some form of aggression at least once last year. Threats, harassment and robberies are almost daily occurrences, according to a survey done by railway union VVMC and newspaper AD among nearly a thousand train conductors and drivers.

Dec 13 '15 13:33

The Dutch national railway NS launched a new timetable on Sunday. The new schedule features a number of significant changes, as well as the renaming of several train stations.

Oct 8 '15 12:03

A strike planned rail strike in Belgium will impact international trains departing from or arriving in the Netherlands. The strike is scheduled to run from 10 p.m. on Thursday, October 8, until 10 p.m. on Friday, October 9.

Aug 27 '15 12:14

ProRail is concerned about the increasing number of kids seen playing on train tracks. Train drivers have reported 168 incidents of kids playing on or near train tracks so far this year, compared to the usual 150 to 200 reports a year.

Jan 8 '15 16:22

Engineers and conductors are worried about the quality of the trains and the equipment they have to work with, a new study shows. The top concerns are with rails and switches which they say have many flaws, according to a major study by the railway union VVMC.

Nov 24 '14 08:50

Belgium is not accessible by rail today due to strikes.

Jul 3 '14 17:23

The Railway Museum in Utrecht has offered a reward of €25,000 for the oldest train ticket in the Netherlands. The ticket is thought to be a one-way ticket from Amsterdam to Harlem on the country's first railway, and dated September 1839.

Apr 3 '13 15:46

Copper theft from Dutch railways decreased in 2012 because of the deployment of special intervention teams. The Dutch railway administrator ProRail concluded this in their annual report.