MPs want charging stations at train stops
The GroenLinks party called for a new initiative Tuesday, the outcome of which may bring charging stations for phones, tablets and laptops to train stations. The Cabinet and the Dutch Rail (Nederlandse Spoorwegen, NS) must investigate if the addition of 'laadpalen', or charing stations, could be placed on platforms. A majority of the House of Parliament support the call, made by GroenLinks. Because the yellow information boards on NS-stations will be removed at many locations, people are more dependent on their mobile devices for travel information, the party says. Moreover, it will take a long time before there are also power outlets on 2nd class in trains.
As a quick solution, the NS would have to place charging stations at train stops. "You can't do anything with a phone that has an empty battery. If there is less information available on the boards, it is even more important that you can charge your phone on the stations", says GroenLinks MP Liesbeth van Tongeren. State secretary Wilma Mansveld (Infrastructure) called the charging stations an interesting idea last month, because this helps the comfort of the passengers. She will discuss it with the NS. About the removal of information boards detailing arrival and departure times of trains the NS is still in discussion with consumer organizations, who think that the company is rushing the decision. As of now, there are still 3400 yellow boards. This number will be brought down to 700.