While the nationwide public transit strike is annoying to most people, taxi drivers are smiling all the way. "Such a public transit strike can happen more often, according to us", a taxi driver at Amsterdam Central Station said to NOS. He expects a busy day. "We will see how many people we can help today."
Authorities in the Netherlands say terrorism appears to be the motive behind the stabbing of two Americans at Amsterdam Centraal train station on Friday afternoon. Police shot the suspect, 19-year-old Afghan Jawed S., after the incident and authorities were quick to suggest terrorism was a possibility.
Police are investigating the possibility that terrorism was the motive behind a stabbing incident Friday afternoon at the Amsterdam Centraal train station. Police revealed the potential motive in a joint statement with the public prosecutor's office and Amsterdam city hall.
Trains scheduled to travel to-and-from Amsterdam Centraal, Schiphol, and stations in the Amsterdam area were scrapped on Tuesday evening due to "a major disruption in the train traffic control systems," national railway NS said in a statement.
A virtual reality installation at Amsterdam Central Station is intended to lure tourists to attractions outside the Dutch capital and thereby spread tourism throughout the country. The Netherlands is more than just Amsterdam, is the message, Het Parool reports.
Until 2030 the government is pushing 350 million euros into renovating train stations Amsterdam Centraal and Amsterdam Zuid, to make them able to run more trains and therefore transport more passengers, State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven of Infrastructure and Water Management said to Dutch parliament, NOS reports.
Dutch rail company NS and its Austrian counterpart OBB are planning to put the night train back into service in the Netherlands. They want the train, that's equipped with beds for passengers to sleep in during their journey, to depart from Amsterdam Centraal and connect to the European network of night trains, NU.nl reports.
The number of train tracks at Amsterdam Centraal will be reduced from the current 15 to 9, and two new train tracks will be built in Amsterdam Zuid, State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven of Infrastructure announced on Thursday, the Volkskrant reports.
The track reduction at Amsterdam Centraal forms part of major renovations at the station. By reducing the number of tracks, platforms can be widened and the capacity can increase, according to the State Secretary. The number of switches will also be reduced. More trains must thus be able to use the station in less time.
Planned renovations and a possible reduction of the number of train tracks around Amsterdam Centraal can cause chaos in the coming years, NS CEO Roger van Boxtel warns. NS will not be able to guarantee smooth train traffic around the Dutch capital, he said, AT5 reports.
Transit companies Thalys and NS are working on a direct train route between Amsterdam Centraal and Disneyland Paris and Charles de Gaulle Airport. They hope to launch these routes in April next year. In return, the route between Amsterdam and Lille will be scrapped, AT5 reports.
A gas leak near Amsterdam Central Station temporarily halted train traffic in the Dutch capital during rush hour on Monday morning. The leak was discovered around 8:30 a.m., and fixed by 9:20 a.m., but ProRail expects it will take a while yet before all trains are running on schedule again, ANP reports.
Trains running between Amsterdam Central, Duivendrecht, and Amsterdam Bijlmer Arena were affected. NS reports that the delays are decreasing.
Weary travelers can now recharge with a power nap at Amsterdam Centraal. Auping opened a special Recharge Room at the station where tired travelers and passersby can take a quick break and power nap, to refresh them for the rest of their day.
Visitors are shown to a compartment, closed off with curtains for privacy, which is equipped with a bed, pillow, blanket and alarm. There you can take a 20 minute power nap - the perfect time for a nap, according to Auping, because it is long enough to rest out well, but not so long that you fall into a deep sleep.
This story was updated several times before 11 p.m. on 10 June 2017 as new information developed.
At least eight people were injured when a car sped out of control in front of Amsterdam Centraal Station, crashing through a group of pedestrians before coming to a stop against a concrete entrance to the subway station below. The driver of the dark green or black Peugeot was taken into custody by police at the scene.
Two of those injured were seriously hurt, police said. The incident happened before 9 p.m. on Saturday.
The third edition of the Amsterdam Tulp Festival was officially opened on Thursday. For this edition of the festival, which will run from April 1st to May 14th, a massive 500 thousand tulip bulbs were planted across the city. During the opening, the new Paleiskwartier association was introduced, with the group made up of organizations along the major Amsterdam streets of Damrak, Rokin, Kalverstraat and Nieuewndijk as well as Dam Square.
Striking taxi drivers in Amsterdam blocked access to the taxi stand on the west side of Amsterdam Central Station on Monday, which means that travelers can not take a taxi from the station. The drivers are tired of the endless new rules from the municipality of Amsterdam, a spokesperson said to NOS.
According to the spokesperson, the problems started when the municipality moved the taxi stand from the front to the back of the station. "We lost almost 60 percent of our customers", he said. People don't know where to find the taxis. "Even the toilet signs are better clarified."