Schiphol train problems a top priority for new rail boss

The many train traffic distortions that occurred in the Schiphol airport tunnel the last few days is a major concern for Pier Eringa, according to De Telegraaf. Eringa, the newly appointed head of national train infrastructure firm ProRail, says that rail traffic was stopped for hours because of issues related to maintenance.

Eringa, who has been in charge for only two weeks, called onto involved parties for action. “I have made the triangle of Amsterdam-Utrecht-Schiphol my top priority. Far too much is going wrong, and it needs to be improved quickly," he said.

He is also proposing more training for technicians, and quicker reaction time to get technical crews to problem areas faster. "We need the commitment of all employees, and also that of the NS, contractors and all players on the rails."

Train passenger association Rover welcomed the comments, calling them "steps in the right direction," according to AT5. The NS national railway and Schiphol also support the plan.

"That line is vital," said Schiphol head Jos Nijhuis in praise of Eringa's immediate reaction to the issue. "The traveler is the focus, and must be able to rely on the accessibility of the airport."