Public transportation in the Netherlands was seriously disrupted Thursday morning after regional transit workers walked off the job at 4 a.m. in a one-day strike. The labour action is meant to call attention to what the workers have called unreasonable work pressure, and a pay raise that is capped 40 percent lower than what the bus drivers and train conductors wanted.
A very busy morning rush hour is expected due to a combination of slick, icy roads and a continuing power outage in Amsterdam and surrounds. Utilities company Liander expects to have power restored completely around 8:00 a.m.
Due to the power outage, the matrix boards around the Dutch capital are not working. "We can't put any information above the road", a spokesperson for the Dutch public works Rijkswaterstaat said to RTL. Street lights are also not working. Motorists should extra travel time into account
Extra security measures currently in effect around Schiphol airport is causing delays for the buses NS deployed to make up for the lack of trains to the airport due to rail works
PVV parliamentarian Barry Madlener wants the Almere police to set dogs on those responsible for throwing stones at buses in the city. "They should release the dogs on the Moroccan street terrorists who throw stones at buses", he said during a parliamentary debate on public transport on Tuesday afternoon
Bus drivers in Breda went on strike for a short time on Thursday morning after a colleague was robbed on Wednesday night. The bus drivers demanded that transporter Arriva takes measures to prevent such incident. Arriva agreed to hire additional security staff immediately and start a test with cashless payments as soon as possible
Amsterdam public transporter is starting the installation of card-payment machines on trams and buses from September. The intention is to have all buses and trams equipped to be cash-free by January 1st
The number of serious incidents on Amsterdam public transport increased by 23.7 percent last year, according to figures from GVB. In 2015 the transporter recorded 333 serious incidents, such as threats with a weapon or robbery, compared to 269 in 2014, news wire ANP reports.
All GVB trams, buses, subways and ferries in Amsterdam will halt for one minute at 11:00 a.m. to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the February Strike during the Second World War
From Monday NS will deploy rush hour buses on the routes Amsterdam Sloterdijk, Krommenie Assendelft and Castricum in an effort to alleviate overcrowding in trains on these routes, the railway company announced in a press release.
Amsterdam public transit operator GVB are permanently deploying extra security guards on buses, at bus shelters and at end stops, especially in Amsterdam-Noord where five bus drivers were violently robbed over the past three months.
Cash payments on buses may soon be a thing of the bast in large parts of the Netherlands, following a series of robberies involving buses and bus drivers in Amsterdam-Noord, a teenager who used a shotgun in an incident last month and two knife-wielding men in clown masks attacking a bus driver last week.
An Amsterdam bus driver was robbed by two knife-wielding perpetrators wearing plastic clown masks on Wednesday night. Amsterdam politicians responded to the news quickly, and are demanding that cashless payment be implemented on buses.
Tram traffic in the North and the center of Rotterdam was put on hold yesterday after an industrial accident occurred during maintenance work. One RET maintenance worker had to be brought to hospital after he received an electric shock, the NOS reports.
The City Region of Rotterdam is considering limiting advertisements on buses as well as trams.
After trains traveling to Schiphol came to a near stand still on Thursday night, rail traffic to the Amsterdam airport has been cancelled throughout the weekend, and it is expected to remain significantly affected at least to Monday's evening rush hour. The trouble started when copper thieves cut through electricity wires, setting the wires alight and causing damage to the tracks.
Research by Trouw shows that safety on public transport has become safer after the introduction of the OV chip card in 2009, Het Parool reports.
The weather for Saturday's celebration of King's Day is predicted to be mild, with temperatures of 17 to 21 degrees. During the day, it might become cloudy during the day and the afternoon and evening may be interrupted with a few showers.
The traditional pre-party to King's Day, 'Koningsnacht' will be celebrated in Dutch cities like The Hague, Utrecht and Amsterdam. Several hundreds of thousands of partygoers are expected to descend on city centers Friday night.
There will be no train traffic between Hengelo and Almelo until after the weekend due to the derailment Wednesday morning in Borne . The tracks and sleepers were damaged over a distance of five kilometers, according to ProRail.
Based on GVB’s report, the public transportation in Amsterdam will be 10 percent safer, 20 percent faster and will accommodate an extra third of commuters by 2024.