Few students show up to protest against NS, trains remain empty 8 Mar 2016 (Photo: @ErikSlingerlnd/Twitter) - Credit: Few students show up to protest against NS, trains remain empty 8 Mar 2016 (Photo: @ErikSlingerlnd/Twitter)
Tuesday, 8 March 2016 - 13:45
Few students show for NS early morning rush hour protests
The hectic morning rush hour expected due to thousand of students protesting against NS on Tuesday, did not actually realize. All stations and trains were relatively quiet. NS calls it a regular Tuesday morning rush hour. According to RTL Nieuws reporter Jildou van Opzeeland, it was very quiet on Rotterdam central station, the central point for the protest. "I saw more journalists than students." There were also a number of comments from train passengers about few students and plenty of empty seats over social media. The general consensus seemed to be that the students must've overslept. Some 27 thousand students indicated that they would be participating in the protest on the event's Facebook page. They students are protesting against NS plans to change their university and college class schedules so that they can travel outside rush hours, thereby relieving some pressure on the overcrowded trains. According to one of the initiators, Fritz Keijzer, the protest was spread out across the Netherlands, and the success or failure is therefore hard to judge. On the event's Facebook group one student points out that the fact that no one seemed to notice the protest means it was a success. "The effect of students in rush hour? Barely noticed, so the measure of no students in rush over is also hardly effective. Seems to me that it is well proven how absurd the plan is to keep students out of rush hour!" she writes. The students plan to try again during evening rush hour. They will gather at Utrecht Central Station at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.