Of all Europeans, Netherlands residents face the longest daily commute. No less than 30 percent of workers in the Netherlands spend 45 minutes or more on the road or public transport between home and work, according to research by Savills. "This is because of our crowded roads and trains", Erik Beekman, corporate housing advisor at Savills, said to BNR.
Nearly 40 percent of Dutch employees live and work in the same municipality, according to figures for 2015 Statistics Netherlands published on Thursday. The average Dutch worker work 22.6 kilometers from their home. Workers in the big cities and people living on the outskirts of the Netherlands, such as on the Wadden Islands, in particular tend to live where they work, NU.nl reports.
Commuters trying to navigate the Amsterdam area were advised to allow for plenty of extra time if using the highways on Monday evening after a fire in a Schiphol Tunnel passageway led to the closure of both the tunnel and the southbound A4 motorway towards Den Haag. Drivers were told to divert to the congested A2 to Utrecht, and then take the A12 road west as an alternative, adding 30 to 40 kilometers to the drive home.
There were no reported injuries in the fire, but the fire did damage safety systems in the tunnel.
The tighter border controls in Europe as a result of the refugee crisis, is bad for the economy. By 2020 this will cost the Netherlands 9 billion euros, equal to a 1.3 percent fall of gross domestic product, according to calculations by the Central Planning Bureau
People in the Netherlands who use the roadways to get to work can expect a more challenging commute than normal, as dense fog is expected to blanket a good portion of the country. The provinces of Noord- and Zuid-Holland, Friesland and Gelderland are all covered by a code yellow weather warning issued by the Dutch meteorological agency KNMI.
Some commuters at Utrecht Centraal waited over four hours for train service to resume on Monday, after a technical failure brought all Dutch Railways (NS) service to a standstill at Utrecht’s main train hub. Trains have started running again, but the connections are limited, says a statement released by NS around 13:35 on Monday.
Thirty-five people were pulled from their vehicles by rescue workers after a truck loaded with hydrochloric acid was rear ended. The acid sprayed out of a tanker prompting a large-scale emergency response that shut highways and railways.
Greenpeace International have echoed the calls from Greenpeace Netherlands for Executive Director Kumi Naidoo resign from his post and remain on only as 'ambassador' of the headquarters after the direction of the international environmental organization came under criticism.
More than 40 staff members and campaign leaders from Greenpeace Netherlands are still demanding that international program director Pascal Husting be dismissed. Husting came under fire last month for his choice to fly between his home in Luxembourg and his workplace in Amsterdam, the Volkskrant reports.