Train platform at Utrecht Central Station (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Sebastiaan ter Burg) Train platform at Utrecht Central Station (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Sebastiaan ter Burg)
Half of Dutch travelers board trains after final whistle
Travelers' behavior often leads to dangerous situations on trains, according to a survey NS performed among 224 chief train conductors. More than half of travelers jump on trains after hearing the conductor's whistle. A total of 224 of the total 2,500 conductors took part in the survey. The results show that 54 percent of travelers board trains after hearing the whistle. 43 percent of conductors deal with dangerous situations on a daily basis due to people trying to board trains after the whistle and 71 percent of conductors deal with unnecessary delays several times a day for this reason. Conductors mentioned several dangerous situations caused by late boarders in the survey. "One traveler quickly pushed a stroller, with child inside, between the closing doors to get in", one conductor said. Another mentioned a man who got his leg stuck in the door. "A man stepped in too late. At the last check before leaving I saw his leg sticking out, I prevented the train leaving and a really dangerous situation occurring. I asked fellow travelers why they didn't pull the emergency brake, to which the stuck man said, I told them I could hold out to the next station. I thought I'd lose my mind. There's a gate at the end of the platform, I don't want to know what could have happened. I understand that you want to catch the train, but don't put yourself in danger." NS wants to drastically decrease the number of people who board the train too late. The company therefore released a video to show what the consequences may be.